The race had been one of the most heated elections of the year, with mudslinging that included signs claiming Ellis would receive his “pink slip.” Ellis said he hopes his victory proves that a clean campaign can win.
“I put up with all their innuendo and slander, and we’ve proven a point to them,” Ellis said. “We proved that kind of politics doesn’t have a place in Alabama, in Walker County or in Sumiton.”
Ellis, who has been Sumiton’s mayor for 20 years, said he values the people who supported him through this campaign, as well as previous campaigns.
“I want to thank the Lord first, then my family and my dear friends,” Ellis said. “I want to thank all the people who supported me and who have supported me over the years.”
In the city council race for Seat 3, Floyd Burton received 331 votes, Joan Yow received 223 votes and Doug Ragsdale received 197 votes. Because no one received more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be a runoff between Burton and Yow on Oct. 9.
“It feels good,” Burton said, of receiving the most votes in the race. “I appreciate everybody who had confidence in us, voted for us and worked with us.”
Yow said she was proud that the three candidates kept the race clean.
“I think it was a good campaign,” she said. “I’m pleased, and I want to thank my supporters.”
For council Seat 5, incumbent Valorie Tucker received 362 votes and challenger Diane Martin received 379 votes.
“I am so humbled,” Martin said after her victory. “I am just tickled to death. I prayed and prayed about this.”