Pulaski Gets New Mayor, Ardmore Keeps Incumbent
Ardmore’s mayor was re-elected, and the city of Pulaski gained a new mayor in the November general election.
In Pulaski, newcomer J.J. Brindley defeated Larry Worsham, a Pulaski city councilman, 1,124 -536 and a third candidate, newcomer John Amlaner, with 52 votes.
Three aldermen were elected with incumbent Jerry Bryant leading with 926 votes. Newcomer Tony Gentry had 719 votes, and Vice Mayor and Alderman Patricia (Pat) Miles had 641 votes.
Miles edged newcomer Janice Marks Tucker, who had 639 votes. Newcomer Tasha D. Williams had 569 votes, and Tammy Mathis had 563 votes.
Incumbent Mayor Mike Magnusson had 199 votes to 96 for Alderman Wayne Harvell and 32 for newcomer Johnathan Lee Peters.
Also elected to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen were former Alderman Joe Stagner, 218 votes; incumbents Jason Sherman 212 and Spencer Smith 194. They were the only candidates.
Incumbent Republican Gov. Bill Lee was re-elected statewide and carried Giles County with 5,832 votes.
Dentist Jason Brantley Martin, a Democrat, had 1,582 votes.
Independent candidates were: John Gentry, 130 votes; Deborah Rouse 15, Rick Tyler 13 , Michael E. Scantland, Charles Van Morgan 9 each; Alfred O’Neil 6, Basil Marceaux 4.
Congressional District 4
Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a Republican in District 4, was re-elected and carried Giles County.
Wayne Steele, a Democrat from Fayetteville, had 1,574 votes.
Independents included: Clyde Benson 77 votes; Mike Winton 41 votes; Tharon Chandler 36 votes; David Leighton Jones 27 votes; Joseph “Krishnadas” Magyer 13 votes.
State House District 70
Incumbent Republican Clay Doggett was re-elected with 6,395 votes from Giles County.. He was unopposed.
The vote for liquor sales in rural Giles County carried 3,484 to 1,552 in favor.
Four constitutional amendments passed in Giles County and statewide.
Amendment 1 would make it illegal not to hire someone for not joining a labor union or employee organization.
Some 5,427 voted for the amendment, and 1,697 voted against it.
Amendment 2 would allow the temporary exercise of powers to the Speaker of the Senate or to the Speaker of the House if the governor could no carry out his duties. If there is no Speaker of the Senate, then the Speaker of the House would carry out the duties.
The amendment passed 4,600-1,819 in Giles County.
Amendment 3 would prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude and would allow an inmate to work when convicted of a crime.
The amendment passed 5,136-1,677 in Giles County.
Amendment 4 would allow ministers and priests to serve in the state house or senate.
The amendment passed 4,112-2,402 in Giles County.