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Tuesday’s Municipal Election Runoffs Produce Some Surprises: Many Incumbents were Unseated

Brandon Moseley

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday voters throughout Alabama made their voices heard in municipal runoff elections.

In Leeds challenger David Miller easily defeated incumbent Mayor Eric Patterson 1661 to 847.  In district 4 Craig Wadsworth defeated Kelly Washburn.  In the District 5 council race Davoris Ragland defeated former Mayor Jack Courson.

In Pell City, former mayor Adam Stocks was defeated by Joe Funderburg.  The incumbent Mayor Bill Hereford chose not to run for reelection.

In Daphne, incumbent Mayor Bailey Yelding Jr. defeated challenger City Councilman Derek Boulware.  Yielding was appointed mayor when Mayor Fred Small resigned last year.  Yielding is the first Black man elected Mayor in Daphne

In Alabaster, incumbent Mayor David Frings was defeated by challenger Marty Handlon.

In Irondale incumbent Mayor Tommy Joe Alexander just narrowly held on with 1,071 votes to                   James Stewart, Jr.  1,050.

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In Montevallo first-term incumbent Ben McCrory was defeated by challenger, City Council woman Hollie Cost, are in a runoff for that city’s top job.

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In Colony as of press time Councilman Patrick Ward and Council member Donnis Leeth both had 64 votes.

In Garden City, incumbent mayor Harden Davis was defeated by challenger Tim Eskew.

In Decatur, former Mayor Don Kyle defeated Carl Cole 5,587 votes to 4,432

Dianne Prestridge was defeated by Bob Joslin for the office of Mayor of Arab.

In Brighton former Mayor Eddie Cooper was defeated by city Councilwoman Barbara Watkins in the city’s mayor race.

In the Hamilton mayor’s race Wade Williams defeated Scottie Sanderson

In Gantt incumbent Mayor Missy Grissett defeated challenger Connie Cauthen.

In Alexander City Charles Shaw defeated Michael Lamborne

In Tallassee Bobby Payne unseated incumbent Mayor George McCain.

In Hartselle Donald E. Hall defeated Johnnie J. Howell for that city’s top post.

In the Linden Mayoral race Mitzi Gates was defeated by Charles Moore.

In Red Level Lillie J. Hendrix defeated Deborah Hoffman.

In Opp, incumbent Mayor H.D. Edgar was unseated by challenger John Bartholomew.

In Union Springs Saint Thomas Jr defeated John McGowan for that town’s top job.

In the Georgiana Mayor’s race Jerome Antone was the winner over Larry Creech

In the McKenzie Mayor race Lester Odom, Jr. defeated Bill Henry.

In Camp Hill Danny Evans defeated Samuel Ellis 189 to 169.

In Lincoln Claude”Bud” Kitchin defeated Kelly Love to be the next Mayor 768 to 679.

In the Tarrant Mayoral race Loxcil Tuck defeated Joe Matthews 382 to 365.

In Fairfield Kenneth Coachman defeated council President Pro Temp Frederick Scott 989 to 954.

In Rainsville Nick Jones beat Bejan Taheri for that city’s mayor’s job.

In the city of Skyline, Archie Rice defeated Kyle Morris in that city’s runoff election to be the next mayor.

In Tuscumbia incumbent Mayor Bill Shoemaker was defeated by fire Chief David Cole.

In Waterloo former Mayor Jerry McIntyre was defeated  by former Mayor Mary Jenelee Higgins.

In Helena challenger Mark R. Hall defeated incumbent Mayor Charles W. “Sonny” Penhale.

In Trafford challenger Cliff Daniels defeated incumbent Mayor Robert Niblett.

In Cedar Bluff Mayor Ethel Sprouse lost to challenger Martha Baker.

In Cordova, challenger Drew Gilbert defeated incumbent Jack Scott 365 to 204.

In the Piedmont Mayoral race Rick Freeman defeated Brent Morrison 690 to 596.

In Hobson City incumbent Mayor Alberta McCrory held off a challenge from Eric Stringer 153 to 105.

In Birmingham voters approved a massive bond issue that was requested by Mayor Bell.  Less than 13,000 people voted in the special bond referendum.

This is only a partial list of the many cities and towns that held runoff elections on Tuesday.

Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with six and a half years at Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected]com or follow him on Facebook.

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