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  • Election results for Jacksonville, Piedmont, Hobson City, & Ohatchee
  • Voters want change in Anniston and Oxford
  • Etowah County election results


Jacksonville, Piedmont, Hobson City, & Ohatchee Elections                       

In Piedmont, the dust is still settling on the race for mayor.  Incumbent Mayor Charlie Fagan faced two challengers and will be facing Brian Young in an October 7th runoff.  The race was close with Fagan receiving 39% of the vote, Brian Young 32% and James Bennett 30%.  Council members John Lawrence and Mary Bramblett were returned to the council along with Eddie Baldwin and Bill baker.  In the council four seat Kenneth Kelly Was Elected.  In Council 3, there will be a runoff between Edward Hanson and Frank Cobb and in the council seven seat there will be a runoff between Douglas Goss and Attorney Bret Morrison.  In Jacksonville Mayor Johnny Smith was re-elected with 67% of the vote and council members George Areno, Truman Norred and Sandra Suddeth were re-elected.  In council post 2 Mark Jones was the winner with 50% of the vote and in post 5, Derek Raulerson defeated incumbent councilman Jerry Parris with 50.2% of the vote.  In Weaver, there will be a runoff for mayor between Garry Bearden and Sheila Field and outgoing mayor Wayne Willis was elected to city council with 54% of the vote.  Hobson City will have a new mayor with the election of Aleberta Cooley McCrory who received 59% of the vote, and in Ohatchee, voters turned out all but one of the incumbents, with the election of Steve Baswell as mayor.  Voters elected Dewayne Taylor and Willie Thomas as new members of the city council and re-elected councilperson Teresa Lott.  



Voters say that want change in Anniston and Oxford 

The political landscape will be changing come January as voters in cities across the area made some surprising decisions in Tuesdays balloting.  What many say was the most stunning upset was the defeat of two term Anniston mayor Chip Howell.  Anniston Businessman Gene Robinson defeated Howell with 52% of the vote.  Robinson said he was extremely pleased with the outcome and would be a bulldog for Anniston and it’s citizens.  In the Anniston council races, Incumbent Councilman Ben Little is assured of returning to the council while ward two councilman Herbert Palmore is facing a runoff on October 7th against David Reddick.  In ward four, political newcomer david dawson was elected with 62% of the vote.  In ward one, incumbent councilman Stan Bennett faced a strong challenge from political newcomer John Spain who won with 52% of the vote. In Oxford, Leon Smith has been returned for a seventh term as mayor defeating city councilman Greg Thrower with 59% of the voteSurprises in the oxford council races,   Anniston bank executive Mitch Key defeated incumbent councilman Mike Henderson with 52% of the vote.  In the race for council one there will be a runoff between Tony Bolton and Phil Gardner on October 7th.  In council place 2 incumbent June Reeves was re-elected with 56% of the vote.  In the city council 4 race, Chris spurlin was the winner with 62% of the vote and incumbent councilman Steven Waaits was re elected with 60% of the vote. 


Election results for Etowah County 

In Attalla, Mayor Charles O’Rear will have an Oct. 7 runoff race with council president pro tem Jane Phillips, but that could change.O’Rear, who is serving his second term as mayor, received 585 votes, or 31.88 percent, to Phillips’ 449 votes, or 24.4 percent, with Harvey Martin a close third with 446 votes.Steve Gray received 337 votes and Danny Vaughn received 18 votes.City Clerk Sharon Jones said there are 13 provisional, or challenged, votes that were cast, and those ballots will be ruled on by the county Board of Registrars.Depending on those votes, Martin could make the runoff instead of Philips.In Glencoe, Mayor Charles Gilchrist was elected to a second term by defeating former Mayor Tony Armstrong.Gilchrist received 847 votes, or 57 percent of the vote.Rainbow City Mayor Terry John Calhoun was elected to a second term, defeating Jackie Biddle. Hokes Bluff Mayor Tim Langdale will face Councilman Garry Reeves in the Oct. 7 runoff.Langdale received 443 votes, or 39 percent, to 421 votes, or 37 percent, for Reeves. Councilman Larry Young received 269 votes.


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