Petition calls for beer and wine sales at restaurants in Marion, Ky.
Hundreds of signatures bring the fight over alcohol sales to another Kentucky town.
"It causes so much grief. You can’t think, in every way. You can’t think of one good thing about alcohol," said Rev. Lucy Tedrick, pastor at the Marion Church of God.
Not everyone supports the movement, but more than 220 signatures calling for a special election are in the Crittenden County clerk’s office. The petition asks for alcohol sales in restaurants in Marion, Kentucky, city limits.
Marion may be in dry country now, but native Tyler Collins has bigger plans for his hometown.
"If you don’t keep alcohol in a center area where it can properly be managed, there’s going to be drunk driving on the roads and dry counties have aided dramatically to that problem," Collins said.
Collins, who is currently doing political work in Washington, D.C., turned in a petition calling for alcohol sales in restaurants in Marion city limits. He says voters have turned down county wide petitions twice, so he’s focusing only on the city of Marion.
"Most city races have a higher chance at passing than county wide," Collins said.
Collins says the petition is more conservative than others have been in the past, asking for alcohol sales only at restaurants seating 50 or more.
Tedrick fought previous petitions and is praying this measure fails.
"I lost my father. He got killed because of alcohol," she said.
Tedrick says this vote could be costly to the area in more ways than one.
"They’re going to lose a lot of people who come to eat in these restaurants, and I’m one of them," she said.
Collins says even if this measure fails, he’ll continue campaigning in support of alcohol sales.
"We’re not going to give up until prohibition is completely repealed," Collins said.
Crittenden County Judge Executive Perry Newcom says the county is working to verify the signatures, but there’s already more than enough to hold an election. The measure is for alcohol by the glass sales, not package sales.
Newcom says the next step will be setting a date for the election. He says the election will cost about $10,000 to $11,000. That’s about half the cost of a county wide election.
That comes as a proposed bill by State Rep. Kenny Imes works its way through the Kentucky House of Representatives. The bill cuts back on elections by moving all county and individual precinct elections to primary or general election day. He says this would save counties millions of dollars on election costs.