No outright winner in District B election in LaFayette

Published 9:00 pm Tuesday, February 12, 2019

LaFAYETTE — After months of an empty seat on the LaFayette City Council, residents of District B will have a wait another month to find out who their councilperson will be.

The unofficial results from Tuesday’s election in District B resulted in Charlotte Blasingame obtaining 65 votes and former LaFayette Mayor and City Councilman David Ennis getting 40 votes. Shannon Hunter received 36 votes.

If the results remain as announced, it would trigger a runoff in March between Blasingame and Ennis, according to LaFayette City Councilman Louis Davidson. There could be some votes that not been counted, Davidson said.

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“We (city council) will canvas the results next Tuesday at noon,” Davidson said. “That could include some provisional ballots that the (Alabama) Board of the Registrar will decide if they should count or not.”

A total of 141 voters — more than one-third of the 354 registered voters in the district — cast a ballot.

After the results were read Tuesday, Blasingame said she was thankful for those who came out to vote for her.

“I just to thank all the voters in District B that came out to vote,” she said. “If there is a runoff, I’d like to encourage all those same voters to come out once again.”

She said nobody wants to be in a runoff, but she’s still bringing the same energy to a runoff.

“I’m grateful for the votes that I got, and I’m looking forward to doing it again,” Blasingame said.

Ennis said he expected a runoff, and that he didn’t work too much in the first round of the election, but that will change.

“I will work for the runoff,” he said.

The remaining candidate Hunter, who is a regular at city council meetings, said he wanted a clean result and got one.

“I wanted to win or lose so I didn’t have to go through a runoff,” he said. “I got into this originally, so I could give people a choice, and they made their choice.”

He said he still plans to attend council meetings and post video to his personal website. His campaign centered largely on transparency in government.

Blasingame said she would have an open policy if elected and was Mayor Barry Moody’s selection for appointment in August when the council opted for election rather than an appointment.

Ennis was mayor from 1992 to 1996. He took a four-year break, then was elected to serve District B as a city council member from 2000 to 2016.

The candidates are vying for the seat left vacant by former LaFayette Mayor and City Councilman Mathew Hurst.

He resigned June 25 to take a job in another city. The council had 60 days to appoint somebody but couldn’t come to a consensus.

Eventually, the council opted for an election to let the people decide.