Staff wins re election

Published 8:40 pm Tuesday, August 25, 2020

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District 5 seat to go to run off; Webster defeats Norman in District 2; Johnson defeats Walker in District 3; Nall defeats Williams; Lassiter wins District 4

Mayor Jim Staff was reelected to a third term during the 2020 Atmore Municipal Election on Aug. 25, according to unofficial results.

Staff defeated Susan Smith 918-729, garnering 55.74 percent of the vote. More than 1,650 ballots were cast in the race.

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Staff said he was pleased with the result, and his aim is to keep moving Atmore forward.

In a Facebook video, Smith didn’t concede the election earlier tonight.

Smith’s statement is as follows:

“I just want to thank everybody, and that it’s not over,” Smith said. “There are several irregularities that we will be looking into. I am not conceding at this point. I want everybody to understand that. We have a lot of issues that are being addressed right now as I have been talking with you. I just want to come on and say thank you to every single person who went out and voted today, especially those who went out and voted for me. Stay tuned because there’s more news to come. I think everybody will be interested in it, and want to hear about it. God bless you all. Have a good night’s sleep, and stay tuned for what is to come. Thank you.”

In the city council election, Incumbent Webb Nall defeated Bernard Williams 148-125 in District 1; Incumbent Jerome Webster defeated Angelia Norman 168-112 in District 2; and Eunice Johnson defeated Incumbent Chris Walker 154-59 in District 3.

In District 4, Shawn Lassiter won wiht 271 votes, over Larry Houck (170), Logan Walston (59) and Brandy Giger (35).

There will be a run off in District 5 between Incumbent Chris Harrison and Bub Gideons.

Gideons garnered 124 votes, compared to Harrison’s 106.

The run off will be held Tues., Oct. 6, 2020.

These unofficial results don’t include provisional ballots, which will be counted later. The results of the election will be official in some five days.