Barry Moody is LaFayette’s next mayor. He defeated District A Councilman Cornelius Reese in Tuesday’s municipal runoff election, earning 516 votes, or 64 percent, to Reese’s 291, or 36 percent.
“I feel very blessed to live in a city as great as LaFayette,” Moody said after the results were announced outside City Hall. “I’ve said all along that I wanted to make a great city even better. It’s very humbling to receive a vote as overwhelming as that, it shows that the city of LaFayette is united and we are joined together. I had a very good reception in every area of the city that I went in, and I feel just very fortunate, very humbled and very blessed right now.
‘My dad loved politics and my dad’s up there in heaven right now with a smile on his face. If he could be here today, he would tell me that winning is just the first part; there’s work to be done and we need to not look back, we need to look forward and see if we can take LaFayette to some great places.”
Moody received the most votes in the August 28 municipal election, with 339. Reese received 254 votes, while former mayor Robert Finley finished with 237 votes, forcing a runoff.
Moody received 469 votes on Tuesday, while Reese finished with 276 votes. There were 62 absentee ballots cast. Of the absentees, Moody received 47 while Reese had 15.
A total of 807 voters cast their ballots in the runoff election.
Moody will take office on November 5th; he will replace current mayor Matt Hurst, who chose not to seek re-election.
In the race for the seat vacated by Reese in District A, Terry Mangram defeated Teresa Hamlin for the seat.
Mangram received 132 votes, or 58 percent of the ballots cast in District A. Hamlin finished with 95 votes, or 42 percent. Hamlin received 14 of the 19 absentee ballots cast in District A, while Mangram received 5.
Mangram received the most votes in the August 28th election, finishing with 82. Hamlin edged Shanda Story to earn a place in the runoff election. She received 68 votes to Story’s 66.
“I’m real glad to have won it,” Mangram said. “And I’m looking for to getting in and working and hopefully doing a lot for the city, moving the city forward.”
Mangram take over Reese’s seat on November 5th.
It will be the first time in 20 years that Reese has not occupied a spot on the LaFayette City Council.
There were no provisional ballots cast in Tuesday’s elections, meaning the results are final pending the certification by the LaFayette City Council, scheduled for October 16 at noon in City Hall.