During the November meeting of the Smith County Commission on Tuesday night, Dr. Roger Duke was appointed to fill an empty seat on the commission.
This seat became vacant on September 6, 2019, when District 6 Commissioner Barbara Kannapel turned in her resignation.
Registered voters living in District 6 (Carthage) had the opportunity to submit their names for consideration.
During Tuesday night’s meeting, two candidates submitted their names: Dr. Roger Duke and Steve Babcock.
Both candidates were nominated by the commission, and current County Commissioners took a vote to decide which candidate would fill the empty seat.
Dr. Roger Duke was elected by a vote of 13-8.
Dr. Duke is a longtime Carthage resident and physician. He currently serves on the Carthage City Planning Commission and Carthage City Board of Zoning Appeals.
You can watch the November 2019 meeting of the Smith County Commission below.