Sudduth re-elected as District 5 council member
by James Phillips
Aug 29, 2012 | 2445 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sandi Sudduth
Sandi Sudduth
Two council spots headed to runoff, results for third seat unclear

With runoffs neccessary to determine two Jasper City Council seats and a third district’s results up in the air, Sandi Sudduth was the only sure winner in Tuesday’s municipal elections.

Sudduth was re-elected to represent District 5 Tuesday with 62 percent of the vote. She received 302 votes, while Larry Stewart picked up 122 votes (25 percent) and Janelle Hankins garnered 64 (13 percent).

“The people of District 5 are awesome people,” Sudduth said. “I am thankful to the voters. I thank God for this opportunity, and I will continue to seek his direction for our district.”

Sudduth said she plans to speak with her opponents soon to learn more about ideas they had for the district.

“This was a good race,” she said. “I am friends with both of the people who were running against me. They had some good ideas, and I want to talk to them about those ideas.”

Danny Gambrell, a former Walker High School principal, is expected to be named the winner in the District 2 race. Gambrell had 426 votes (50.1 percent), while Brent McCarver finished with 257 votes (31 percent) and Larry Elliott picked up 158 votes (18 percent). City Clerk Kathy Chambless said Gambrell appeared to be the winner without the need of a runoff, but there were four votes for a candidate that had dropped off the ballot that could cause an issue with the vote.

“We have our attorney looking into this issue,” she said.

Gambrell, who was in his first-ever campaign, said he has enjoyed the experience.

“I didn’t know how I would like campaigning, but it turned into something that I really enjoyed. I couldn’t wait to get out there to meet folks,” he said. “I do appreciate all the support that I have received.”

In District 1, a runoff election will be held Tueday, Oct. 9 between incumbent Morris Studdard and Jed Daniel. The two men finished five votes apart Tuesday with Daniel receiving 340 votes (49 percent) and Studdard receiving 335 votes (48.3 percent). A third candidate, Bill Cleghorn, picked up 19 votes in Tuesday’s election.

“I will just have to work harder,” Studdard said. “Both of us have worked hard and ran a clean campaign. I am sure we will continue to do that and leave it up to the voters to decide.”

Daniel said he appreciated the clean campaign the two men had run while shaking Studdard’s hand at Jasper City Hall Tuesday night.

In District 4, Jennifer Williams Smith and Allan Brown will face off in the Oct. 9 runoff. In a six-person race, Smith received 226 votes (36 percent) Tuesday. Brown picked up 164 votes (26 percent) to make it to the runoff. Also in that race, Jerry Boyd received 139 votes (22 percent), Joe Cooke received 63 votes (10 percent), Cary “Wes” Wade received 19 votes (3 percent) and Andrew Archie got 14 votes (2 percent).

“I have absolutely loved campaigning,” Smith said. “I am happy to be out meeting people, and I want to be the next council person for District 4.”

Brown said he is happy to be in the runoff.

“I appreciate the support that I received today, and I expect it to be a close vote in October,” he said.