Chatt Hills runoff is Tuesday

Mon, 12/03/2007 - 9:17am
By: Ben Nelms

History in Chattahoochee Hill Country will continue to be made Dec. 4 as runoff races are held for the new city’s mayor and three of the five council seats.

The race for mayor will have Don Hayes and Tom Reed battling it out for a majority vote. Reed received the most votes in the three-way race Nov. 6, garnering 384 votes to the 256 received by Hayes.

Council seats in District 2, 4 and 5 are also up for grabs. Voters in District 2 will decide between Julie Petty Wall and Carl Hattaway. Wall received 60 votes in November’s five-way race while Hattaway took 51 votes. In District 3, Laurie Searle will square off against David Hanson. Searle in the four-way November race got 90 votes compared to 56 for Hanson. And in District 5, Ernie Henderson will face Rodney Peek. The three-way November contest ended with Peek securing 76 votes and Henderson taking 69 votes.

The Nov. 6 election did result in the resolution of two council seats. District 1 candidate John Taylor defeated Ruby Taylor while, in District 4, Faye Peek Godwin defeated Wayne Stradling.

The Nov. 6 election saw 52.4 percent of the city’s 1,568 registered voters turn out to show their preferences. The Dec. 4 vote will be held at Rico Cultural Center.

A second candidate forum proposed prior to the election was not held. Reed, Wall, Hanson, Searle and Peek accepted while Hayes, Hattaway and Henderson declined. The forum was a no-go since opposition candidates for mayor and two of the three council districts would not be represented.

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