White wins Ward 3 alderman run-off

Kevin Dale White will be the new Ward 3 alderman, replacing long-time alderman Tommie Beasley, who is retiring.
White defeated Larry Dykes 188 votes to 149 in Tuesday’s run-off – the only race that required one.
All other New Albany races were settled in the party primaries May 7 except for that for Ward 4 alderman. Since that race has both a Democrat and Republican running, it won’t be settled until the June 4 general election.
Dykes and White were the top two vote-getters among five candidates in the Ward 3 May 7 primary with White narrowly leading Dykes 154 to 152 in the first unofficial results. About 450 voted in the primary and only 337 in Tuesday’s run-off.
Other candidates were Chris Buford, Gayle Gibson and Jimmy L. Jackson and since none received at least 50 percent, the run-off was necessary.
Although the actual general municipal election is not until June 4 and the previous vote was actually a party nominating process, the primary effectively settled all New Albany races except for that of Ward 4 alderman.
Terry Medlin won the Democratic primary defeating Samantha Morris 54 to 46 percent and incumbent Will Tucker won the Republican primary defeating Ricky Lindley 90 to 10 percent so Medlin and Tucker will face each other in June.
Briefly, incumbent Tim Kent defeated challenger Bill Robertson 56 to 44 percent in the mayor’s race, Chris Robertson defeated Mark Golding 69 to 31 percent in the police chief’s race to replace retiring David Grisham and incumbent Jeff Olson defeated Daniel Frain 74 to 26 percent in the Ward 1 Alderman’s race. Ward 2 Alderman Johnny Anderson and Alderman-at-Large Scott Dunnam were unopposed.
Since the May 7 and 21 votes were technically party primaries, each candidate must receive at least one vote in the actual general election June 4 to win.
Newly-elected city officials will take office the first of July.
Officials in Blue Springs, Myrtle and Sherman are all elected at-large so they will not be voted on until June 4 and several of those races will require voters to choose among candidates, either for mayor or alderman.