Courts finally confirm Bishop District Four supervisor

After three years, District Four Supervisor David Bishop has confirmation that he will hold his seat on the Madison County board of supervisors.

His opponent Karl Banks, the incumbent District Four supervisor who was his opponent in the general election in November 2015, has spent the last few years contesting the election and fighting to take back his seat on the board.

The election was close with Bishop pulling out the win with just two votes.

The Madison County Circuit Court has heard Banks’ case. Judge Al Johnson ruled last week in favor of Bishop.

“In that lawsuit, he demanded that my election as supervisor be set aside, and instead he be declared the winner and re-installed as supervisor for District Four,” Bishop wrote in a statement following the ruling.

He said the case, lasting nearly three years, has caused great strain on him and his family.

“During that time, most of you have continued to have faith in me and have supported me during this difficult period,” Bishop said. “I am grateful to you and my family for that support. I pledge to do everything possible to be the best supervisor I can be for the people of District Four and for Madison County for the remainder of my term of office.”

Bishop wrote that the lawsuit made him doubly aware of what an honor it is for him to serve the residents of Madison County.

“I also would like to express my appreciation to the judges and court personnel who have presided over this election contest lawsuit and for their professionalism and courtesy in doing so,” Bishop said. “Finally, I would also like to express my appreciation to my attorneys and their staff for believing in me and working to present my side of this lawsuit in an effective and professional manner.”

He added, now that the election is over, residents of Madison County join him in promoting the county and help enhance the economy, infrastructure and quality of life for the community.