The people of Madison and Rutledge have spoken. The results are in for the four contested local races. Incumbent Fred Perriman was reelected for a second term as Madison’s Mayor, beating out contenders Robert Lanier and Kathi Russell.
“I am so grateful to the people of Madison,” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman after learning of his victory. Although Perriman was up against two other candidates, he still managed to win in a landside, earning 72.6 percent of the vote, receiving 845 ballots. Robert Lanier received 20.1 percent of the vote, receiving 234 votes, and Kathi Russell earned 7.2 percent of the vote, receiving 84 votes.
Perriman received his first official congratulation from a Morgan County High School student, David Rice, who was eager to meet Mayor Perriman in person.
Incumbent Chris Hodges was also reelected for another term for the District 5 City Council seat, beating out Woody Burriss.
“I feel like that the people that I have worked so closely with over the last four years believe in me and believe in what I am doing and we still have a lot of work to do,” said Hodges. “We are not going to stop. We are going to keep moving forward and do all the things that we can do to improve the quality of life for all Madisonians. I am so happy and grateful to have been elected to another term.”
Hodges earned 81.2 percent of the vote, receiving 169 votes. Burriss earned 17.8 percent of the vote, receiving 37 votes.
Eric Joyce was elected to the District 2 City Council seat, beating out Jennie Newton.
Joyce earned 64 percent of the vote, receiving 182 votes. His opponent, Newton, earned 35.9 percent of the vote, receiving 102 ballots. Newton was the first to start a round of applause for Joyce’s victory after the results were announced at the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration Office.
“This is wonderful news,” said a smiling Joyce after the announcement.
In Rutledge, Brandie Owens was elected to Rutledge’s City Council, beating out Jennifer Buzbee. Owens earned 56.9 percent of the vote, receiving 66 votes. Buzbee earned 43.1 percent of the vote, receiving 50 ballots.