Marsalis defeats Tye in Ripley mayoral run-off election

By Hank Wiesner/Southern Sentinel

RIPLEY – Ripley businessman Chris Marsalis defeated long-time City of Ripley employee Breat Tye 947-442 in Tuesday’s mayoral run-off, according to unofficial but virtually complete election results.

Tuesday’s vote count included absentee ballots. Affidavit ballots were to be counted Wednesday morning, but they weren’t enough to change the outcome. The election is expected to be certified later Wednesday.

The election was held on touch-screen voting machines, while paper ballots were used for absentee and affidavit voting.

Polls were open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Unofficial totals were announced about 8:30 p.m.

Election figures indicated a 38 percent turnout, with 1,390 votes cast of 3,674 registered voters. There was one write-in vote.

Said Marsalis after the election totals were announced: “I’m humbled and grateful for the turnout, which was larger than the first election. We’ll need everyone’s help to help make the City of Ripley as great as it can be.”

Tye declined comment.

Both candidates, and spectators in the courthouse, agreed the run-off campaign was clean, and the election well run.