Henry County municipal voters made their choices Nov. 7 on who’s in and who’s out of elected office.
Hampton Mayor Steve Hutchison retains his seat with a nearly 80 percent victory over retiree Wayne Selman.
McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland also stays in office after triumphing with almost 70 percent over challenger Annette Rayner, who ran in 2015 for city council.
Stockbridge’s next mayor is Mayor Pro Tem Anthony S. Ford, who captured nearly three times as many votes as opponent and 2015 city council candidate Tony Brown.
“I would like to thank all of my supporters, all the people who had confidence in me to be the mayor for the next four years,” Ford said. “I will continue to have a listening ear for the citizens.”
Brown said he hopes for “good things” to happen and his plans include staying involved with the city.
“There was no bad blood. Everybody shook hands,” Brown said. “It is what it is.”
City council races produced mixed results.
Voters unseated Hampton City Council members Charlie Hearn and Marty Meeks.
Earning four-year terms are community volunteer Stephanie Bodie, student Errol Mitchell and retiree Willie Turner.
In the special election to fill City Councilman Chris Moore’s vacated seat, retired military officer Elton Brown earned about 40 percent.
He wins with a plurality over City Councilwoman Mary Ann Mitcham, who came in second with 39 percent.
Locust Grove is keeping incumbents Keith Boone and Willie Taylor and adding retiree John R. Gardner to the city council, each earning between 18 and 21 percent of the vote.
Incumbent Sammy Brown earned 17 percent.
McDonough at-large City Councilman Roger Pruitt successfully fended off opponent and former City Councilman Rufus F. “Sugar” Amis, winning more than 55 percent of the ballots cast.
District 1 City Councilman Rufus L. Stewart ran unopposed.
District 2 City Councilwoman Sandra Vincent triumphed with an almost two-to-one margin over Falcon Design business development manager and former City Councilman Mike Crawford.
“Thank you, McDonough District 2,” she posted to her Facebook page. “We have four more years of partnership!”
Stockbridge City Councilwoman LaKeisha T. Gantt stays in office, to be rejoined by former City Councilman Alphonso Thomas.
Both ran on an “experience counts” platform.
Thomas posted a notice to his supporters on Facebook, thanking them for his re-election.
“I look forward to being part of a great team to build a great community,” he said. “We will win the future – together.”
Results are unofficial until the end of the week.
Tina Lunsford, director of Henry County Elections and Voter Registration, said certification will be Friday after three overseas military ballots and one provisional ballot for Hampton are counted.
Turnout was light, she said, but more than she expected at about 10 percent of 43,500 voters registered in the cities.