Runoff voting arrives Tuesday

Published 5:00 am Saturday, October 6, 2012

For Atmore residents living in Districts 4 and 5, Tuesday is the day to cast the final votes for city council, as runoffs in two races will be decided.

In District 4, candidates Larry Houck and Susan Smith will appear on the ballot, while voters in District 5 will choose between Chris Harrison and Michael Arnold.

During Atmore’s regular municipal elections on Aug. 28, Houck received 217 votes, while Smith received 240. In District 5, Arnold forced a runoff receiving 70 votes, while Harrison received 106.

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In the race for the District 4 council seat, Houck, a native of Atmore, brings business experience in the private sector, as well as leadership experience in the military to the race. Smith, who moved to Atmore 25 years ago, has made a mark in the community serving in her current role as the head nurse for the Escambia County School Board system.

Harrison and Arnold are both natives of Atmore. Harrison currently works as a manager at Tigersul Industries while Arnold is employed with both the Alabama Department of Corrections and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department.

Voting stations will be open for Tuesday’s election from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Voters in District 4 should report to Escambia County High school on South Presley Street to cast their ballots, while residents of District 5 will vote at the Atmore branch of the Escambia County Board of Education, located on South Pensacola Avenue, next to the Atmore YMCA.