Lee Townsend HC

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (1/6/18) — Three of the six Madisonville City Council members changed their voter registrations to Independent during December.

Ward 1 Councilman Mark Lee, formerly a Republican, Adam Townsend (Ward 3) and Bobby Johnson (Ward 6), previously Democrats, became registered Independents prior to the end of 2017.

Lee and Townsend filed for re-election as Independents for their respective Council seats Dec. 14.

“I’ve always been a centrist, seeking what we have in common rather than what may divide us,” Lee said. “Like many, I’ve grown increasingly weary of the polarization and extreme partisanship in Frankfort and Washington. Registering as an Independent more accurately reflects my centrist views in today’s environment. I look forward to continuing to work for the betterment of our city and the region.”

Townsend said his beliefs have evolved throughout his life. In 2016, he filed and won a seat on the council as a certain Independent, but maintained his voter registration as a Democrat until changing to Independent last month.

“During my life, I’ve been a registered Republican, and, I’ve been a registered Democrat,” Townsend said. He believes working from the middle will result in getting even more accomplished in the city of Madisonville.

As of Friday morning, Johnson had not yet filed for re-election. Johnson, a former Madisonville Police Department chief, also ran as a certain Independent in the last council election, maintaining his voter registration as a Democrat until making the change to Independent last month.

Johnson could not be reached by phone Friday for comment on whether he plans to seek another term on Madisonville City Council.

At a meeting held Tuesday at City Hall, a unanimous City Council re-elected Lee as council chairman through this year. He also headed the council last year.

Lee, a local business owner and longtime Madisonville resident, accepted the task. In 2012, he was appointed by the then all-Democrat City Council to fill the vacated term of Dallas Cunningham. Lee was elected as Ward 1 councilman later that year and again in 2014 and 2016.

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