South Alabama Mayors Unseated

Haygood retains seat in Daphne

Incumbent Fairhope Mayor Tim Kent, (Left), is defeated by Fairhope business owner, Karin Wilson. (Right)

Fairhope has a new mayor and Prichard’s mayor faces a runoff after finishing second tonight.

Fairhope Business owner Karin Wilson has defeated long time incumbent Tim Kant. Wilson received 3,522 votes to Kant’s 3,071.

Wilson owns the Page & Palette bookstore in downtown Fairhope. She campaigned against unchecked growth in the city and criticized Kant’s support of a “luxury apartment development” near Fly Creek Marina and the Publix supermarket shopping center on Greeno Road.

Kant served four terms in office. He was previously the city’s horticulturalist.

Another incumbent was unseated in Mobile County.David Baker defeated Judy Hale in Semmes, with a 64%-36% vote margin.

Hale was the city’s first mayor. Semmes was incorporated in 2011.

In Bayou La Batre, Annette Johnson was defeated by Terry Downey . Johnson became mayor in 2015, when then-Mayor Brett Dungan was convicted on a harassment charge involving Annette Johnson.

In Prichard, incumbent Troy Ephriam will be in a runoff against Jimmie Gardner, who he fired after being elected in 2011. Gardner tallied 1,503 votes tonight, Ephriam had 1,261 in a five person race. Gardner did not get a majority of votes, so a run off election will be held on October 4.

In Daphne, incumbent Dane Haygood beat four challengers. Haygood collected 2,135 votes. City Councilman John Lake was second with 1,764. It’s the first time Haygood has been elected mayor. He was appointed after the death of Bailey Yelding in 2013.

 

 

 

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