Kitchin new mayor of Lincoln; no clear winner in Waldo
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Bud Kitchin was elected mayor of Lincoln Tuesday. Photo by Bob Crisp
Bud Kitchin was elected mayor of Lincoln Tuesday. Photo by Bob Crisp
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Votes have been counted and the results are in for municipal runoff elections across Talladega County.

The following are the 2012 municipal election results:

LINCOLN

Current Councilman Bud Kitchin was elected as the new Lincoln mayor in a record voter turnout Tuesday.

“I’m humbled by the results and extremely pleased for a record turnout of voters, especially in a runoff election,” Kitchin said. “I look forward to serving the citizens of Lincoln as mayor, and be a mayor for all people.”

Kitchin received 768 votes, and Kelly Love received 679 votes.

Lincoln had 1,409 precinct voters and 40 absentee voters turn out for the municipal runoff election.

“I want to congratulate Kelly Love on running a good race,” he said. “I’m excited about working with the new council. We’ve got good things ahead of us. My supporters and campaign workers have been tremendous, and I thank them for all their hard work.”

Current Councilman Billy Pearson also retained his seat representing Ward 2. Pearson received 234 votes. Challenger Tony Brannon received 177 votes.

“I’m glad the campaigning is over,” Pearson said. “I want to thank all my supporters. I learned a lot. I know what I have to do — work harder to take care of my constituents and accomplish some of the things that didn’t get done this term.”

SYLACAUGA

Joe Hogan and Billy Carden won the runoff elections for City Council Districts 1 and 5, respectively.

Hogan narrowly beat incumbent Mayor Jim Heigl with 280 votes to Heigl’s 277. Carden won over challenger Billy Hay with 140 votes to 127.

Hogan said he is relieved to be done with the campaign and happy to help move the city forward.

“I’m not happy because I won,” Hogan said. “I’m happy because I get to hopefully come up with a lot of ideas and give our city a lot of opportunities to progress to where we need to be so the generations below me can come along and, instead of driving out of town to have fun or eat or anything, we can keep them here.”

Hogan said he plans to maintain an open line of communication with citizens.

“Being a councilman doesn’t mean you come to work four times a month,” he said. “It means when you’re sitting at home in your chair watching a football game, you’re still on the clock, and that’s when a lot of my brainstorming happens, whether I’m thinking about ideas for my company or for the people I represent. You’re on the clock all the time, and I don’t just plan on clocking in when I come to City Hall.”

Likewise, Carden thanked his supporters and said he is ready for a new beginning in Sylacauga.

“We’ve got an all new council and a new mayor that has experience, and I see some good things for Sylacauga, and I’m proud to be part of it,” Carden said.

He said he aims to bring new jobs to the area and encourages citizens to shop local.

“We need more money to do the things we have to do,” he said. “I encourage citizens to shop Sylacauga because that’s where our tax base is, and we need to keep all of Sylacauga buying from local merchants.”

Hogan and Carden will take office Nov. 5 along with Mayor-elect Doug Murphree and three other new councilmen: Shannon Darby in District 2, Tom Roberts in District 3 and Rocky Lucas in District 4.

“With the support of all the council, compromising and working together, I think we can accomplish something and make it better for everybody,” Carden said.

MUNFORD

David Dabbs was elected mayor Tuesday night in a runoff with Gary Carter.

Dabbs received 176 votes, and Carter received 129 votes.

“It feels good, I guess. It’s the second time we won,” Dabbs said.

He said he still intends to keep the heart of Munford the same, with a few changes made for the better, but Munford will always have its small town feel.

“We’ve got some small things to do, but nothing major,” Dabbs said. “There may be a few little changes, nothing major.”

Tim Lipham was elected for the Place 3 seat on the Town Council.

Lipham faced McWilliams in the runoff, receiving 165 votes to McWilliams’ 125 votes.

WALDO

It is not yet clear exactly who the mayor of Waldo is.

In a three-way runoff for mayor, Susan Crim received 36 votes, Everett Askew received 27 votes, and Dee Ford received 24 votes.

“Our town clerk is saying that they have to have a runoff between Susan Crim and Everett Askew,” Waldo Volunteer Fire Department Chief Chrystal Blackerby said.

“The Code of Alabama 11-46-55 D states that whoever is in a runoff election and gets the majority of the votes is the elected winner. The town clerk says there is an amendment now saying Susan has to have 50 percent of the vote.”

Crim was not sure Tuesday night whether or not she was mayor, but said she would try and get some more information today.

“I’m confused, but I guess I’ll find out tomorrow how it will be handled,” Crim said. “I was under the impression that I had the most votes. I’m going to see what I can find out one way or another.”

CHILDERSBURG

Incumbent Ward D Councilman Billy Lester prevailed over challenger T. Glenn Stubblefield Tuesday night, receiving 82 votes to Stubblefield’s 42.

In Ward E, Ralph R. Rich unseated incumbent Councilman Charles Reynolds by 11 votes, receiving 79 votes to Reynolds’ 68.

Rich said he has been on the phone, calling friends who helped him.

“I am extremely thankful for their support and could not have done it without them,” he said. “I’d also like to thank my wife for her support.”

Rich also had complementary words for Reynolds, saying, “I want to thank Mr. Reynolds for his four years of service. He should be proud of the job he did.”

Lester was unavailable for comment Tuesday night.