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Ward 5 voters pick Democrat Maxwell

A quiet election night saw Democrat D.W. Maxwell defeatRepublican Don Godbold for the Ward Five alderman’s seat in theonly contested race on Tuesday’s ballot in Brookhaven.

Maxwell, who defeated incumbent Alderman Tom Smith by threevotes in last month’s Democratic primary, won last night by amargin of 214-165.

“I’m real happy with this win,” Maxwell said. “It’s been a lotof hard work.”

Maxwell, a former member of the Brookhaven Planning Commission,expressed appreciation to voters.

“We had a very good turnout,” Maxwell said. “To the voters ofWard Five, I appreciate that effort, and I’m looking forward toserving them as their alderman.”

Maxwell said he will be available to the citizens of his wardand the city. He said he wants to hear their comments and concernsabout issues facing the city.

“I hope to be of service to all the people of Brookhaven,” hesaid. “I’m going to put forth my best effort to do that.”

Godbold, part-owner of Riverwood Memorial Park, said thecampaign was a pleasurable experience and he enjoyed meeting peoplein the ward. He urged unity in moving Brookhaven forward.

“I appreciate the support I got in the election,” Godbold said.”I think everyone needs to get behind our mayor and aldermen andgive them support.”

Maxwell and other city officials, who were either unopposed forre-election or won during the Democratic primary, are scheduled tobe sworn in July 1, City Clerk Mike Jinks said.