Voters select Richardson as new CH mayor
by Daniel Gaddy
Oct 10, 2012 | 2191 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — Carbon Hill voters chose as their mayor James “Pee Wee” Richardson in Tuesday’s runoff election.

Richardson beat council member Jacque Roberson Allred 419-382. Though the results are unofficial, Richardson’s 37-vote lead exceeds the 30 remaining provisional ballots.

“It’s over,” Richardson said minutes after the results were posted on the window of the Carbon Hill Community Center. “I will be the next mayor, and I thank everyone for their vote and their support. I thank all my workers.”

Dozens of residents waited outside the community center as the votes were tallied Tuesday night.

Richardson said that the day he takes office, “we’re going to work for the citizens of Carbon Hill to make a better town and a better community.”

Richardson served as Carbon Hill’s mayor from 2000 to 2004 and also served two terms as a city council member.

Allred, who was appointed to the city council’s District 3 seat a year ago, is also an organizer of the city’s annual celebration, Hillfest.

The Eagle’s efforts to reach Allred were unsuccessful Tuesday night.

Richardson and Allred were involved in a three-person race with Dorothy Stoit during the municipal elections in August.

Tuesday’s runoff election in Carbon Hill also included a race to determine the District 1 council seat.

In that race, former Carbon Hill Police Chief William “Billy” Wright faced former Jasper Police Officer Todd Vick.

Wright won with 78 votes to Vick’s 76.

However, Wright said Tuesday night that he could not comment on the results since there are several provisional ballots that must be counted.