Longtime Floyd County Board of Supervisors Chairman David Ingram’s loss to political newcomer Lauren Yoder in the Saturday GOP canvass surprised few.
It’s a bad year for incumbents and the furor over tax hikes a few months ago signaled trouble for anyone who supported the hikes.
The local tea party hasn’t taken credit for Yoder’s victory yet but I suspect they will. The tea party would claim responsibility for the sunrise if they thought they thought it would serve their various — and often hidden — agendas.
Yoder won for two reasons:
First, he worked hard for the victory, working the Locust Grove district door-to-door and campaigning tirelessly.
Second, Ingram wasn’t tireless. He just seemed tired. The veteran board chairman has talked about not running for the past two terms. His heart wasn’t in it. A drive through the sprawling Locust Grove district revealed many Yoder yard signs. I never saw one for Ingram.
Ingram also appeared distracted in recent months. He was often late for board meetings, leaving vice chairman Fred Gerald to run things until he arrived. An illness in his family also took its tool. I suspect he ran more from a sense of obligation than any burning desire to continue.
Yoder — who should easily win the general election in November in the heavily-GOP Locust Grove district — will bring some youthful energy to the board and he philosophically is closely aligned with Courthouse Supervisor Case Clinger.
Ingram’s loss is a wake-up call to two other incumbents seeking re-election this year: Burks Fork Supervisor Bill Gardner — who faces a challenge from retired sheriff’s deputy Joe Turman — and Virgel Allen in Little River, where former supervisor Kerry Whitlock is considering a run as an independent.
Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.