Carter wins mayor’s seat

What­ley, Dal­ton vic­to­ri­ous in re­spec­tive races

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Rachel Oswald

Kim Carter de­feated Roger Tin­gler to win the Cov­ing­ton may­oral elec­tion Tues­day night.

With 1,309 votes cast in the may­oral elec­tion, Carter, a lo­cal busi­ness­woman, cap­tured 57.75 per­cent of the vote and Tin­gler, who has served on the city coun­cil for nearly 20 years, took 42.17 per­cent of the vote. The re­main­ing .08 per­cent of the votes cast were for writein can­di­dates.

In­cum­bent Mike What­ley de­feated chal­lenger Bobby Sig­man for the Coun­cil Post 2 East Ward seat.

With 864 votes cast in the race, What­ley cap­tured 61.69 per­cent of the votes, leav­ing peren­nial can­di­date Sig­man with 38.08 per­cent of the votes.

For­mer Ox­ford Po­lice Chief Keith Dal­ton de­feated New­ton County GIS Co­or­di­na­tor Ernie Smith for the Coun­cil Post 3 East Ward seat.

With 835 votes cast in the race, Dal­ton cap­tured 69.7 per­cent of the vote and Smith took 30.06 per­cent of the votes.

Run­ning un­op­posed for re- elec­tion to the Coun­cil Post 1 West Ward seat, Janet Good­man cap­tured 98.74 per­cent of the 318 votes cast.

The re­sults of the Cov­ing­ton mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions were an­nounced to Carter, Tin­gler, Smith and a gath­ered crowd of ap­prox­i­mately 30 cam­paign sup­port­ers and in­ter­ested mem­bers of the pub­lic at 8: 15 p. m. at the New­ton County Board of Elec­tions.

Af­ter learn­ing of her vic­tory Carter ex­changed a warm hand­shake with her op­po­nent Tin­gler.

“ I’m hon­ored and thrilled to be elected,” said Carter af­ter the an­nounce­ment. “ I will serve the cit­i­zens of Cov­ing­ton to the very best of my abil­ity.”

Carter added she couldn’t have won with­out the sup­port of her cam­paign staff.

Por­terdale re­sults

In­cum­bent Bobby Hamby de­feated chal­lenger James Himes in the Por­terdale may­oral elec­tions.

With 163 votes cast, Hamby cap­tured 61 per­cent of the votes, leav­ing Himes with 39 per­cent.

Coun­cil Post 1 in­cum­bent Robert Fox­worth soundly de­feated his chal­lenger Andy Grimes for the sec­ond time in a row, cap­tur­ing 72 per­cent of 161 votes cast in the race.

Ox­ford re­sults

Linda Fin­ger, a for­mer can­di­date for mayor of Por­terdale fi­nally had her day when she de­feated Jack Kottl for the Coun­cil Post 2 Seat.

With 168 votes cast in the race, Fin­ger cap­tured 59 per­cent of the votes and Kottl took home 41 per­cent.

A gath­ered crowd of ap­prox­i­mately 25 gath­ered at the Por­terdale Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment for the an­nounce­ment of the re­sults at 8: 05 p. m.

“ I’m glad the vot­ers turned out and voted the way they did,” said Hamby af­ter the an­nounce­ment of his win. “ I’ll do my best to do what I have promised to do and that’s to con­tinue in the di­rec­tion that the town’s been go­ing in.”

Fox­worth said it felt great to be re- elected again.

“ It feels real good and I’ve worked re­ally hard the last four years for the town,” Fox­worth said. “ I’m ap­pre­cia­tive that the peo­ple see that and want me to rep­re­sent them.

Fin­ger was equally ex­cited with the news of her vic­tory but she also had a few words for the rel­a­tively low turnout of reg­is­tered vot­ers.

“ I ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­thing that the res­i­dents of Por­terdale have done,” Fin­ger said. “ I wish we’d had more of a turnout. Peo­ple need to be more in­volved in the com­mu­nity.”

There will be a runoff elec­tion for the Ox­ford Coun­cil Post 1 seat as no can­di­date cap­tured over 51 per­cent of the votes. The runoff is be­tween Frank Davis and in­cum­bent Amma Gaither.

With 232 votes cast in the race, Davis was the clear fa­vorite, cap­tur­ing 48.3 per- cent of the votes.

Gaither came in sec­ond with 27.6 per­cent of the votes. El­lis came in third with 22.8 per­cent of the votes.

Coun­cil Post 3 in­cum­bent Hoyt Oliver will hold onto his coun­cil seat for an­other four years af­ter de­feat­ing chal­lenger Toby Mal­colm.

With 240 votes cast in the race, Oliver took home 52.9 per­cent of the votes leav­ing Mal­colm with 47.1 per­cent.

Run­ning un­op­posed for the po­si­tion of Mayor of Ox­ford, Ox­ford Coun­cilmem­ber Jerry Rose­berry won 100 per­cent of the 206 votes cast.

Also run­ning un­op­posed Coun­cil Post 2 In­cum­bent Ge­orge Holt won 100 per­cent of the 201 votes cast in his race.

A very small crowd of peo­ple gath­ered out­side the Ox­ford Com­mu­nity Room to await the post­ing of the elec­tion re­sults at 8: 10 p. m. None of the can­di­dates were in at­ten­dance.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Vic­to­ri­ous: Kim Carter, right, re­acts with a smile to the news of her vic­tory over Roger Tin­gler in the Cov­ing­ton may­oral elec­tions Tues­day night at the New­ton County Board of Elec­tions.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Code of honor: Roger Tin­gler, left, shakes hands with Kim Carter, right, at the Board of Elec­tions Tues­day evening mo­ments af­ter it was an­nounced Carter had de­feated Tin­gler by a mar­gin of 756 to 552 votes in the City of Cov­ing­ton may­oral elec­tion.

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