Unofficial results for the Fulton mayoral seat in Tuesday’s primary election show incumbent Paul Walker and contender James McDonald in the runoff election on May 19.
Walker, who is running for his third term in office, received 461 votes, or 46 percent, while McDonald received 236 votes, or 24 percent. McDonald, who is running for mayor for the fourth time, has served eight years in the past as alderman-at-large for the city.
Other candidates in the mayor’s race included former mayor Charlie McCarthy, receiving 117 votes, or 12 percent, while Allen Popetz received 101 votes, or 10 percent, and Dale Lesley received 86 votes, or 9 percent.
The turnout for Fulton’s municipal election was modest with 1,001 of Fulton’s 1,801 registered voters, or 56 percent, turning out to decide the city’s races.
A runoff will also be held in the alderman-at-large race between top vote-getter Kevin Nolan with 316 votes, or 32 percent, and runner-up Wade Wiygul with 277 votes, or 28 percent.
Also receiving votes in the alderman-at-large race were James “Dude” Comer with 198 votes, or 20 percent, and Eric Holland with 192 votes, or 20 percent.
In the Ward 1 alderman’s race, incumbent Hayward Wilson defeated his contenders, receiving 120 votes, or 61 percent.
Also receiving votes in the Ward 1 race were Shawn “Eric” Green with 33 votes, or 17 percent, Charles E. Crayton with 30 votes, or 15 percent, and Dewayne Strickland with 14 votes, or 7 percent.
In Ward 2, Mike Nanney ran unopposed receiving 162 votes, or 100 percent. Nanney was elected last year for first time.
Candidate Joey Steele defeated incumbent Charlotte Wiygul for the Ward 3 alderman seat. Steele received 133 votes, or 54 percent, with Wiygul receiving 69 votes, or 28 percent. Joan E. Shell received 43 votes, or 18 percent, in the Ward 3 race.
In Ward 4, a runoff will be held between Douglas Smith, receiving 145 votes, or 40 percent, and Barry Childers, receiving 137 votes, or 38 percent.
Also receiving votes in the Ward 4 race were Gerald T. Tanner with 30 votes, or 8 percent, Brock Reese with 28 votes, or 8 percent, and Justin Sheffield with 21 votes, or 6 percent.
In the Mantachie mayoral election, incumbent Jeff Butler received 210 votes, or 56 percent, to defeat contender Ricky Windham who received 168 votes, or 44 percent.
In the alderman-at-large race, Democratic candidate Timmy “Red” Spradlin received 111 votes and will face Republican candidate Dan Moore, Jr. in the general election.
In Ward 1, a runoff will be held between Mike Horton and Roy Norris. Horton led the ticket with 58 votes, or 43 percent. Norris received 47 votes, or 35 percent. Also receiving votes was Diane Bruff with 30 votes, or 22 percent.
In Ward 2, incumbent Matt Fennell received 46 votes, or 69 percent, to defeat Larry Adams, who received 21 votes, or 31 percent.
In Ward 3, contender Wayne Guin defeated incumbent Barry McFerrin. Guin received 53 votes, or 53 percent, while McFerrin received 47 votes, or 47 percent.
In Ward 4, incumbent Timothy Jones ran unopposed, and a vote tally was unavailable at press time.