LaFayette council makes runoff election results official

Published 6:09 pm Monday, April 1, 2019

LaFAYETTE — It’s official — Charlotte Blasingame will be the next city councilwoman on the LaFayette City Council.

The LaFayette City Council canvassed the results from the special run-off election on March 26, and as expected, Blasingame defeated David Ennis and will represent District B.

Mayor Barry Moody said Monday the results did not change and the one provisional ballot was not counted. Blasingame defeated Ennis 97 votes to 86 votes.

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The 183 votes were more than half of the 340 registered voters in the district, according to City Clerk Louis Davidson, who said he was pleased by the number of people who voted.

As a result of the city canvassing the election results, Blasingame will be sworn in at 6 p.m. CT on Monday, April 8. The council will host a work session at 5 p.m. beforehand to discuss the budget.

The special election was needed due to the resignation of former mayor and city councilman Matthew Hurst in June 2018. In August, the council was expected to appoint his replacement from a handful of candidates but decided to host an election instead.

A special election was held in February between Blasingame, Ennis and a third candidate Shannon Hunter. Blasingame and Ennis received the most votes, but neither obtained 50 percent, so a runoff was forced for March 26.

Moody, who was set to appoint Blasingame back in August, said there were two outstanding candidates during this election cycle, and now the council can get to work.

“We are very pleased that the process is over,” he said. “We now have a full council and we are going to move forward and get involved with some of the projects in the different area of the city.”

Blasingame said Monday she is ready to get to work as well but knows she wouldn’t be in a position to make change without her supporters.

“I am grateful and thankful for the support from the people in District B,” she said.