Nine local races set for runoff
by Daniel Gaddy
Oct 07, 2012 | 2346 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There will be nine municipal races in the Oct. 9 runoff elections in Walker County. Three of those races will determine the mayors of Cordova, Carbon Hill and Oakman.

In Cordova, incumbent Jack Scott will face 25-year-old Drew Gilbert. In the Aug. 28 municipal elections, Scott received 161 votes of the 572 total votes cast. Gilbert received 282.

In Carbon Hill, Jacque Roberson Allred, who currently serves as a Carbon Hill City Council member, will face James “Pee Wee” Richardson, a former mayor of Carbon Hill. Allred received 263 of the 566 votes cast in the city’s election. Richardson fell two votes short of reaching the 50 percent necessary to avoid a runoff.

In Oakman, incumbent mayor Joyce Todd will face Dennis Welch, who received 112 of the 240 total votes. That’s compared to Todd’s 65 votes.

The City of Jasper will have two runoff races to decide who will serve on the council. District 4 candidates Jennifer Williams Smith and Allan Brown will be on the Oct. 9 ballot. The two were in a six-person contest for the race before the Aug. 28 election. Smith received 226 votes compared to Brown’s 164. District 1 will also see a runoff between incumbent Morris Studdard, who received 335 votes, and Jed Daniel, who received 340.

District 1 voters will cast their ballots at the Community Health Systems Activities Center on Oct. 9. District 4 residents will vote at the Natatorium.

Sumiton will have a runoff for Seat 3 of the city council. The race is between Floyd Burton, who received 331 votes, and Joan Yow, who received 223. Residents will vote at City Hall.

Parrish will have a runoff election for its District 2 council seat between William Banks, who received 16 votes, and Alice McGee, who received 24. Residents will vote at Parrish High School.

Carbon Hill will also have a runoff between District 1 candidates Todd Vick, who received 46 votes, and William “Billy” Wright, who received 32. Residents will vote at the Carbon Hill Community Center.

Cordova will also have a runoff election for the council’s District 5 seat between Paul Lawson, who received 28 votes, and Stephen Tidwell, who received 31. Residents will vote at the VFW/Activities center.