Cullman incumbents sweep election; 2 county mayors unseated

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Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs speaks following his re-election Tuesday evening. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Nine municipal elections were held across Cullman County Tuesday, and when the votes were tallied, incumbents in the City of Cullman held their own against some tough challengers, while the mayors of Baileyton and Colony were unseated.

In the City of Cullman, Mayor Woody Jacobs won a second term against a solid opponent in Mark Bussman. The two had increasingly visible social media campaigns, but in the end, Jacobs took 63.62% of the vote. Voter turnout in Cullman was on the low side at 29%, with 3,477 of 11,992 registered voters participating.

Jacobs made a statement to those gathered at Cullman City Hall after his victory:

“Tonight, no matter which side of the line you sit on, we all have a higher purpose, and that purpose is working together for a better Cullman. We have mountains of opportunity ahead of us, and it’s only in unison that we can reach their summits. My opponent was a true fighter. He fought for his ideas because he cared for Cullman. We appreciate what he has done for Cullman and I have nothing but respect for him and his family. I’m sure he will continue to find ways to work towards a better Cullman. We spoke about this a few minutes ago when we talked. To the citizens, I appreciate your confidence and support. The dawn of social media brought in a new side of politics to Cullman. Regardless of the praise and criticism, it was amazing to see such engagement and concern, and it is a reflection of the care and concern of this community. To those who gave time and effort to help me win this election, I thank you; I can’t name you all, but you all were great. To my family: I love you and respect you for coming along for the ride. To my wife Connie, who has had many long days and nights, but she has always supported me and this city. To my children Hannah, Tyler and his wife Jennifer, to my sister who’s not here and my niece who’s not here, who walked many streets with us. We serve a providential God, and we must have faith in the pathway He places in front of us. He deserves credit for where I am standing at, now. He deserves the credit for where this city has come. I’ll end on this: I can’t do it alone. And I will do as Hannah says you’re supposed to do at the end of every political speech: God bless America!”

In Baileyton, Mayor Johnny Dyar was defeated by challenger Windell Calloway, while in Colony, challenger Curtis Johnson beat incumbent Mayor Donnis Leeth. Dodge City Mayor Tawana Canada held off challenger Gerald Turner while South Vinemont Mayor Radginal Dodson fended off opponent Shirley Arnett.

Below are the results from all nine elections.

 

Town of Baileyton

Mayor

Incumbent Johnny Dyar 126

Windell Calloway 163

Council, place 2

Deborah Moon 110

Roy Shedd 181

Council, place 3

Incumbent Wendell Peterson 183

Randy Gaines 101

Council, place 4

Incumbent Myra Martin 139

Benny Guthrie 147

Council, place 5

Incumbent Greg Griffin 161

Pat Dyar 126


Town of Colony

Mayor

Incumbent Donnis Leeth 44

Curtis Johnson 53

 

 

City of Cullman

Mayor

Incumbent Woody Jacobs 2,212
Mark Bussman 1,265

 

Council, place 1

Incumbent Andy Page 1,830
Brad Smith 1,551

 

Council, place 2

Johnny Cook – 2,044
Gwen Parker – 1,354

 

Council, place 3

David Moss 2,244
Tony Townson 1,091

 

Council, place 4

Clint Hollingsworth 1,949
Steve Cummings 1,437

 

Cullman City School Board, place 2

Incumbent Chris Branham 2,157
Nick Dumas 1,099

 

Cullman City School Board, place 3

Cheryl Harrison 1,896
Scott Sessions 1,420

 

Cullman City School Board, place 4

Incumbent Jason Neal 2,102
Nathan Haynes 1,159

 

 

Town of Dodge City

Mayor

Incumbent Tawana Canada 108

Gerald Turner 41

 

Council, place 4

Incumbent Inez McDonald 82

Mark Brannon 65

 

Council, place 5- A run-off will be held.

Incumbent  Ervin Chumley 63

J.V. Shelton 53

Kimberly Searcy 29

 

 

Town of Garden City

Council, place 5

Incumbent Patsy Chafin  42

Oscar Goodwin 36

 

 

City of Good Hope 

Council, place 2

Incumbent Maxie Jones 63

Eric Phillips 108

 

 

City of Hanceville

Council, place 1

Incumbent  Jimmie Nuss 217

Joyce Barnett 106

 

Council, place 4

Incumbent Charles Wilson 121

Patty Nail Dean 212

 

 

Town of Holly Pond

Council, place 1

Incumbent  Lou Thomas 41

Julie Ray 50

 

 

Town of South Vinemont

Mayor

Incumbent Radginal Dodson 47

Shirley Arnett 44

 

Council, place 1

Incumbent JoAnn Oakley 36

Chris Thompson 54

 

Council, place 5

Sonya Copeland 49

Jerry C. Smith, Sr. 41

 

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