Posey wins third term as Jasper mayor
by James Phillips
Aug 29, 2012 | 2625 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mayor Sonny Posey speaks with area residents at Jasper City Hall while waiting on results from Tuesday’s municipal election. Posey was re-elected as mayor after receiving 57 percent of the vote. - Photo by: James Phillips.
Mayor Sonny Posey speaks with area residents at Jasper City Hall while waiting on results from Tuesday’s municipal election. Posey was re-elected as mayor after receiving 57 percent of the vote. - Photo by: James Phillips.
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Jasper voters elected Sonny Posey as the city’s mayor for a third consecutive term Tuesday.

Posey garnered 57 percent of the vote in his re-election bid.

“I just want to thank the many people who played a role in this campaign,” Posey said. “This has been an eight-month process. We didn’t just start campaigning a few weeks ago. We started at the first of the year.”

In the three-man race for mayor, Posey received 1,975 votes. Johnny Rollins, the current District 2 council member, finished second in the voting with 1,271 votes. Donnie Naramore was the final candidate and picked up 170 votes.

Posey said he felt confident going into Tuesday’s election thanks to polling numbers he had received in recent days.

“I had done a lot of research and polling over the last few days, and the numbers I had received were almost identical to what happened tonight,” Posey said.

Rollins could not be reached for comment Tuesday night, but he reached out to supporters on his Facebook page.

“I want to thank all of my supporters and friends I have gotten to know over the past 20 years,” Rollins posted. “With only three-eighths of our voters casting their votes today, I lost by 57 percent to 45 percent. I am thankful for being able to serve. It is somewhat fitting I end my public service at the same time my good friend Lee Swann retires. God bless each and every one.”

Jasper City Clerk Kathy Chambless said turnout for the vote was lower than expected.

“I thought we would see a lot higher numbers, but it just didn’t turn out that way,” she said. “The turnout today isn’t nearly as high as we had for our last mayoral election in 2004.”

Posey said his focus will be to continue to improve Jasper.

“We want to improve on what we’ve started,” he said. “We feel like there are good things happening in Jasper, and I think that was the thoughts of the voters. Why make changes if something works? We will try to fine tune a few things, but our focus will continue to be recruiting businesses to our area and working hard to make Jasper as good a city as it can possibly be.”

Posey thanked all the residents of Jasper.

“I’ve enjoyed my first eight years as mayor, and I’m looking forward to another four years,” he said. “It is an honor for me to serve as Jasper’s mayor.”