Reeves wins third term: Brundidge mayoral race may hinge on provisional ballots

Published 9:26 pm Tuesday, August 25, 2020

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City councils in Troy and Brundidge will have new faces after Tuesday’s municipal election.

In Troy, District 1 Councilman Robert Jones was defeated by challenger Sharon McSwain Holland, 357 to 213.

Mayor Jason Reeves handily won re-election with 74 percent of the vote, defeating challenger Tyrone  “Red” Moultry, 2,448 to 871. District 4 Council member Stephanie Baker defeated challenger Caleb Dawson 618 to 343.

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The outcomes of the Brundidge mayor’s race and the District 3 race now hinge on two provisional ballots.

In the Brundidge mayor’s race incumbent Isabell Boyd and former mayor Jimmy Ramage could be in a runoff depending on the two provisional ballots.’

Boyd led Ramage 429 to 201 in the balloting. To win, Boyd would need 50 percent plus one of the votes.

“I’m going to have to wait and see what’s next,” Boyd said. “I thank everyone that supported me for re-election. I might be out ringing their doorbells again.”

In the District 3 race, Ross had 73 votes to 54 for Henry Everett and 16 for Angie Kelly. Ross currently has 51 percent of the votes pending the outcome of the provisional count.

The District 1 race was close with incumbent Betty Baxter with 60 votes. She will face Gerald Holland with 54 votes in the run-off.

Latisher Hall led the voting for the District 2 council seat with 71 votes. She will face Alexandria Griffin in a runoff. Griffin had 43 votes. Griffin was appointed to the council seat upon the death of her dad, Arthur Griffin, a longtime council member.

Incumbent Byron Gaynor won the District 4 council seat over Paula Hall, 140 to 66 votes.

Marilyn Rodgers defeated James Jones and incumbent Christoper Foster for the District 5 seat. Rodgers has 114 votes to Jones’ 61 and Foster’s 23.

In Brundidge, District 5 challenge Marilyn Rodgers won with 114 votes, defeating incumbent Christopher Foster, with 23 votes, and challenges James Jones, with 61 votes.

In Troy, Reeves said he was both humbled and encouraged by the support as he heads toward a third term as mayor.

“I’m very humbled and grateful for the support,” he said. “And I look forward to continuing to move the city forward for the next four years.”

Baker, whose District 4 race generated a historic turnout, said she was thankful for the voters who showed up to the polls.

“Their overwhelming vote of confidence is something I don’t take for granted,” she said. “I am humbled. I am thankful. I look forward to continuing to serve and continuing on our path of growth and success.”

The race was Dawson’s first foray into politics. “I’m grateful to my family and friends for their support, their encouragement and their wisdom during my campaign,” he said. “Getting to know the people of District 4 has been a profoundly meaningful experience.

“To the elected leaders of our city: when our children’s development becomes a top priority all the members of our community will benefit from the growth we’re investing community resources in.”

All results on Tuesday night are unofficial.