Primary vote now official

Published 5:00 am Thursday, May 3, 2001

After some affidavit ballots were verified and counted,Brookhaven’s primary election results were certified Wednesday withno changes in the outcomes of any of the races, party officialssaid.

“There was one or two votes difference in a couple of them,”said James Tillman, Democratic Executive Committee chairman.

In certified totals, incumbent Mayor Bill Godbold garnered 1,360votes to Henry Newman’s 995, Roger Ruffin Osborne’s 119 and 141 forthe Rev. Jerry Durr, who earlier withdrew from the race.

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Godbold claims the party nomination and will face RepublicanJohn Roberts and Independent Percy Rauls in the June 5 generalelection.

Les Bumgarner and Ronnie Bass are headed from a May 15 runofffollowing certification that gave Bumgarner 1,154 votes and Bass738. Mrs. Jerry L. Wilson got 524 and Donna Wilkerson received239.

In the Chief of Police race, Arlustra “Pap” Henderson finishedwith 2,151 and Lt. Bateman Stilley got 534. Henderson will succeedthe retiring Fred McKee.

In ward alderman races, Ward 1 went to incumbent Dorsey Cameronwith an official 311 votes to Donald Dixon’s 89.

Ward 2 will have a May 15 runoff between incumbent Terry Bates,who got 259 votes Tuesday, and Rolanda Spiller, who garnered 126.Other candidates’ totals were Billy Simon, 24; Charlie Lee Smith,12; and J.D. Watkins, 100.

In Ward 3, incumbent the Rev. Jerry L. Wilson tallied a final263 votes to Moses Bates’ 124 and Clarence B. “Doc” Johnson’89.

The Democratic Ward 5 primary saw incumbent Tom Smith get 294votes to claim the nomination outright over Gerald Boyd’s 81 votesand Curtis Ray Sutterfield’s 23 votes. Smith will now faceRepublican John Richardson in the general election.

In Ward 6, Democratic incumbent John E. “Buddy” Allen won thenomination with a final 252 votes over Nell Beeson’s 65, BillyCarson’s 26 and Leroy Hewitt’s 110. Allen will face RepublicanKeith Peden in the general election.

The Republican Ward 4 primary saw Robert V. “Bob” Massengill get220 votes to Boyce Bullock’s 59 and Gary Boutwell’s 20. Republicanresults were expected to be certified late Wednesday afternoon.

The general election will see Massengill face Jerry Case, whowas unopposed Tuesday for the Democratic ward nomination.

Between the city-wide Democratic primaries and the GOP Ward 4primary, approximately 2,955 took part in Tuesday’s electionactivities. That represented about 39 percent of the city’s 7,581registered voters.

“I think we had a pretty good turnout,” Tillman said. “(In) thegeneral election, you may have a little more.”