Municipal run-offs will be Tuesday

Published 4:12 pm Friday, October 5, 2012

Three municipalities in Chilton County will hold run-off elections Oct. 9 to determine the winners of several tied races from municipal elections in August.

Registered voters in Jemison, Thorsby and Maplesville can vote between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Jemison voters should report to Jemison City Hall to vote; Thorsby voters should report to Thorsby Town Hall to vote; and Maplesville voters should report to the library at Maplesville Town Hall to vote.

The run-off in Jemison will be between city council District 4 candidates Rex Bittle and Russell “Rusty” Jones.

Initial election results Aug. 28 indicated that Bittle had received 57 votes and Jones had received 55 votes, but questions regarding the city’s provisional ballots and which district they belonged to delayed a final answer on who won the race.

A provisional ballot count conducted by the Chilton County Board of Registrars over the next seven days revealed a tie between the two candidates, 60-60.

In Thorsby, candidate Randall Higgins and incumbent Willis Britt will be on the ballot for a run-off for the town council’s District 3 seat.

Higgins received 249 votes (45.7 percent); Britt had 193 votes (35.4 percent); Robert Bland had 68 votes (12.5 percent); and Michael Patterson had 35 votes (6.4 percent).

Bland and Patterson were eliminated from the race.

Likewise, the race between Maplesville mayoral candidates John Caudle and W.C. Hayes Jr. ended with neither candidate receiving a majority of the votes, with 71 votes (33.5 percent) for Caudle and 94 votes (44.3 percent) for Hayes.

Candidate Ray Mitchell received 47 votes (22.2 percent) and was eliminated from the race.

All newly elected mayors and council members will take office in November.