Two runoff elections on tap; Obama re-elected
posted Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 @ 1:43 pm
Run-off elections are slated in a School Board race and a Ferriday alderman's race following Tuesday's national election.
Sixty-eight percent of the Concordia electorate cast ballots Tuesday as the nation re-elected President Barack Obama to a second term. Concordia joined state voters in supporting the President's challenger, Republican Mitt Romney.
Concordia also joined state voters in supporting eight of the nine constitutional amendments and heavily favored a proposition to limit School Board members to three consecutive 4-year terms.
Fifth District Congressman Rodney Alexander was re-elected.
Clerk of Court Clyde Ray Webber said there were no problems on election day.
"We had a really good day," he said.
In the District 4B School Board race, Jeffery Goodman and Angela Hayes are in a runoff.
The winner will fill the unexpired term of Martha Rabb, who resigned earlier this year. Hayes was appointed to represent the district until the election.
Goodman polled 683 votes (43.70%) to lead the three candidates. Hayes received 654 (41.84%) to 226 (14.46%) for David Turner.
Goodman and Hayes each led in three of the six precincts, while Goodman led in early voting.
In the District B Alderman race in Ferriday, incumbent Elijah "Stepper" Banks is in a run-off with challenger Chris Chapman, who outpolled Banks 113 (43.80%) to 97 (37.60%). Finishing third in the race was Allen O. Froust with 48 votes (18.60%).
Chatman carried precincts 1-1 (Health Unit) and 2-1 (Ferriday High), while Banks carried 1-2 (City Hall) and early voting.
In District D, incumbent Johnnie Brown defeated Marcus "Slim" Martin, 147 (61%) to 94 (39%). Brown led in Precinct 1-1 (Health Unit) and early voting.
In Ridgecrest, Bobby Sheppard Sr. defeated two other candidates to win the alderman post vacated by Dwayne Sikes, who is now mayor. Sheppard polled 155 votes (66.81%) to 56 (24.14%) for Cecil "Frank" Gatlin and 21 (9.05 percent) for Jeff Johnson.
Sheppard also led in early voting.