2007-11-14 / Front Page

City election results

Any flap over voter IDs was overshadowed last week in the Arlington city election by absentee ballots. Over 68% of the 615 votes cast were absentee ballots which require no voter ID.

Voters in Arlington also had to wait for a recount before they knew the official winners of last week's city election because candidates in one of the races were separated by only one vote after the polls closed Tuesday night.

The recount was in the race for Council Post 1 between incumbent Raymond Williams and Larry Leavette. Leavette trailed Williams by a single vote Tuesday night. Following the recount, Williams won by a margin of 258-253. Leavette received 183 absentee votes to Williams' 138.

In the race for Council Post 2 Turner Bostwick defeated William Clark by a margin of 261-248. Bostwick received 208 absentee votes to Clark's 116. Incumbent Leon Conner was re-elected to Council Post 3, defeating Lisa Aldridge 304-212. In that race Conner received 210 absentee votes to Aldridge's 115.

Blakely

Incumbent Andy Smith won re-election to Blakely city council in the city's only contested race in last week's city election. Smith defeated challenger Ben Cooper for the District 2 Post 2 seat by a margin of 151-58. Only 209, or 15% of the 1,397 registered voters in District 2 went to the polls. Of the 248 ballots cast, 46 were absentee ballots.

Mayor Ric Hall and councilman Torre Mills were uncontested for reelection.

Damascus

Eighty-eight of the 147 registered voters - just under 60% - went to the polls last week in Damascus to elect two city councilmen from a slate of four candidates.

Incumbents Hoyt Patterson and Kevin Tabb, with 50 and 47 votes respectively were re-elected. Cynthia Levatte received 39 votes and Denise Williams 35. Of the 88 votes cast, six were absentee ballots.

Jakin There was no city election last week in Jakin.

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