Runoff set in Aberdeen Ward 4 race
By Eileen Bailey
ABERDEEN – One of Aberdeen’s most watched aldermanic races has advanced to an April 16 runoff.
Ward 4 incumbent Eddie Arnold will face Dee Riley in the April 16 runoff. The two edged out three other candidates. Riley led with 185 votes to Arnold’s 129. Other candidates in the race were current mayor Don Brasfield, who received 67 votes; Allie L. Clemons with 72 votes; and Robert Hawkins with 19 votes.
Brasfield originally had qualified for the mayor’s race but pulled out citing a desire to retire. He then entered the Ward 4 race, Brasfield said in an earlier interview, at the urging of others.
First-time candidate Riley said he went door-to-door campaigning and plans to use the same strategy for the runoff. “I feel good about it (the lead),” Riley said in a phone interview.
Arnold said he also plans to continue his efforts in his re-election bid. “I am thankful to be in the runoff,” he said. “I hope that the turnout is better on the 16th.”
Only 1,870 of about 4,800 voters headed to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots for aldermanic candidates and for a Democratic candidate in the mayor’s race, which will be decided May 7.
Another runoff was slated for the Ward 2 race between Tom Allmond, who received 119 votes, and Cloyd E. Garth, who received 113 votes. Other candidates in the race were John Ray Hamilton with 42 votes and Felix D. West with 39 votes.
Incumbent Ward 2 Alderwoman Mary Elizabeth Hamilton chose not to seek re-election.
Incumbent Bob Patterson and Willie A. Cook also will face a runoff in the Ward 3 race. Cook led the race with 127 votes to Patterson’s 115 votes. Candidate R.O. Kelly received 53 votes.
In other races, in the Democratic mayoral primary William “Tizzy” Tisdale took the most votes with 1,160 over opponent Fred T. Smith who received 239 votes. Tisdale will face Republican candidate Bob Seymour on May 7. The mayor’s race is the only race in the general election.
In Ward 5, Incumbent Madies Conner was defeated by challenger Kelly Tucker. Tucker took a majority of the votes with 217 to Conner’s 161. Candidate Edward Haynes, Jr., received 37 votes.
Ward 1 incumbent Wilchie Clay was re-elected with 219 votes over Alonzo Sykes, who received 158 votes.
Despite new electronic equipment to count votes, members of the Democratic Executive Committee careful checked over each of the affidavit and absentee ballots.
Tutor wins Glen mayor’s race
John Tutor was elected mayor of Glen during in special election balloting Tuesday. Tutor, an alderman, had served as acting mayor since the resignation of Terry Coln.
Tutor, who becomes the town’s third mayor since its incorporation in 1993, defeated Judith Lowery for the mayor’s post by a vote of 32 to 16. Only 48 of the town’s 140-150 registered voters turned out in the special election.
John Peebles Sr. was elected alderman without opposition. He will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Cyndi Barnes.
Tutor said the new officers will be sworn in later this week.
Another special election will be needed to fill Tutor’s vacant alderman’s post.
Daily Journal reporter Jane Clark Summers contributed to this report.