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Hammock/McCain in runoff

By Michael Butler

It was a big night for Johnny Hammock, while George McCain won the closely contested battle for second in Tallassee's mayor's race on Tuesday.

Hammock received 41 percent of the 1,218 votes cast. The overall vote count was down 15 percent from the the municipal election four years ago.

McCain, who won the race for mayor in 2008 and lost in a runoff rematch with Bobby Payne in 2012, edged Jeanna Kervin and Trey Taylor to force a runoff.

Hammock got 498 total votes to McCain's 251 (21 percent). Kervin had 235 votes (19 percent). Taylor had 234 (19 percent).

"I was optimistic," said Hammock after hearing the news. "Going into it, I thought I'd get into the runoff, but I never thought it would come out like that."

McCain talked about the drop in the number of voters from his last run.

"I'm disappointed in the low turnout," he said. "When you have four candidates, I can't believe you don't have more people come out and vote. I'm just happy to be in the runoff."


There will be another race that extends until the Oct. 4 runoff date. Sarah Hill and Matthew Miller will vie for the City Council Ward 2 seat. Hill received 87 votes (36 percent). Miller got 80 votes (34 percent). Incumbent Heather Johnson finished third with 71 votes (30 percent).

Two more council members lost their bids for re-election. Rob Rygiel was defeated by Jeremy Taunton 95-45 in the Ward 1 race. Damian Carr topped Charles Blalock in Ward 3 by a count of 101-51. Blalock had served in the seat since 1987.

City councilman Terrel Brown beat Andy Bodenheimer 91-29.

In school board races, Ruthanne McCaig and Rex Ledbetter retained their seats. McCaig had 95 votes to Ron McDaniel's 61 in Ward 4. Ledbetter received 60 votes to Robbie Ellis' 49 in Ward 5. Meanwhile, Kami Scarborough defeated incumbent Danny Ingram in Ward 1, 82-53.

The amendment to allow Sunday sales of alcohol in Tallassee after 1:00 p.m. passed by a vote of 701-499, 58 percent in favor. In comparison, Alexander City and Dadeville passed their Sunday sales with 68 to 32 percent margins.


Sept. 6 – Absentee Voting Begins
Sept. 29 – Last day to apply for absentee ballot
Oct. 3 – Last day to return your hand-delivered absentee ballot by the close of business (5:00 p.m.)
Oct. 4 – Last day to receive mailed absentee ballots (*Postmarked by Oct. 3 and received by noon)
Oct. 4 – Runoff Election (Poll Hours, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
Oct. 11 – Canvass the Runoff Election  - 10:00 a.m. Council Chambers

2016 General Election Results
2016 Runoff Election Results

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