Run-off results: Two incumbents ousted, one returned to office

RIPLEY — Three incumbents fought for their political lives in Ripley’s primary run-off election Tuesday, May 19. One won his fight, two lost. One of the two who lost was in a nail-biter race that wasn’t decided until four affidavit ballots were counted Wednesday morning. The three aldermen’s races went as follows, according to complete results Wednesday morning following the counting of the affidavit ballots. The election results were certified Thursday. . –Joey Bryant defeated incumbent Ward 1 Alderman Sherill McCoy 270-263. Bryant led 266-263 Tuesday night, but stretched his lead by picking up all four affidavit ballots the following morning. McCoy has 12 days from date of certification to request an examination of the balloting. As of Thursday night, she had not done so, according to election officials. –Homer Richardson defeated Ward 2 incumbent Randy Windham 213-163. Richardson led 212-162 Tuesday night; each picked up one affidavit ballot Wednesday. –Alderman at Large incumbent Bonnie Caviness defeated Ken McCoy 884-519. Caviness defeated McCoy for the office four years ago. Caviness led 878-516 Tuesday night; affidavit ballots produced the higher totals. A total of 1,220 people balloted in Tuesday’s run-off. The turnout represented about 30.30 of the city’s 4,027 registered voters. In primary balloting earlier this month, McCoy outpolled Bryant 270-169, Richardson led Windham 140-130, and Caviness outpolled McCoy 852-714. The absentee balloting period for the three run-off races began Friday, May 8, and concluded Saturday, May 16 at noon. Victory in the primary earlier this month, or Tuesday’s primary run-off, is tantamount to election or re-election. There will be no election Tuesday, June 2 in Ripley, since no Republicans or Independents are seeking office. The polls were open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Touch-screen voting machines rented from the county were used. All precincts voted in the park gym. Newly elected, or re-elected, city officials take office Monday, July 6. Meanwhile, elections will be held Tuesday, June 2 in Blue Mountain, Dumas, and Walnut. The five highest vote-getters win, town officials said. No election will be held in Falkner, since the incumbent mayor and aldermen have qualified to seek re-election, and they have no opposition, town officials said Monday. Candidates in all four towns are running as independents. There are no wards.

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