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Municipal Election: Canvass Brings Little Change

The LaFayette City Council met Tuesday to canvass the results of last week’s municipal election. Pictured above at the meeting, from left, are City Attorney Mac Tucker, City Clerk Louis Davidson, District B Councilman David Ennis, District E Councilwoman Tammie Williams, Mayor Matthew Hurst and District C Councilman Stevie Rowe. At the meeting, the mayor and council approved a resolution calling for a runoff election in the mayor’s race and in the race for the District A council seat.

LaFayette’s City Council met briefly Tuesday at noon in the council chambers in a special called meeting in order to canvass the results of last week’s municipal election. City Clerk Louis Davidson told Mayor Matthew Hurst and council members David Ennis, Tammie Williams and Stevie Rowe that there were 28 provisional ballots from the election that were sent to the Board of Registrars office for certification. Of those 28, 15 were counted according to Davidson. Councilmen Cornelius Reese and Allen Tucker were not present at the meeting.

In the race for mayor, the provisional ballots caused no change in the results. Barry Moody and Councilman Reese will meet in a runoff on October 9. After counting the provisionals, Moody finished with 339 votes; he originally had 331. Reese now has 254 votes with the provisional ballots; he originally had 249. Reese narrowly edged former Mayor Robert Finley for a spot in the runoff. Finley finished with 237; he originally received 235 votes.

The council also certified that there would be a runoff in the race for the District A seat between Terry Mangram and Teresa Hamlin. Hamlin barely edged Shanda Story for a spot in the runoff, as she received 68 votes after the provisionals were counted, while Story finished with 66 votes. Hamlin previously had 65 votes and Story had 64. Mangram was the leading vote getter in the race with 82 after the provisionals were counted.

In the city’s other contested council races, no changes took place after counting the provisional ballots. District B councilman David Ennis was reelected by a final margin of 124 votes to 83 votes over Willie Nell Finley.

In District D, Michael Ellis unseated incumbent Allen Tucker by a margin of 116 votes to 35.

At the conclusion of the meeting Tuesday, the council passed a resolution that declared a runoff in the race for mayor and council District A, in addition to declaring that Ennis and Ellis had been elected to their respective offices.

Councilwoman Tammie Williams in District E and Councilman Stevie Rowe in District C were unopposed in the municipal election.

LaFayette’s runoff election will take place on Tuesday, October 9. Voting will take place from 7 am to 7 pm at LaFayette City Hall.