In Eutaw Municipal elections: Runoff for Mayor between Raymond Steele and Latasha Johnson

By: John Zippert
Co-Publisher

Raymond Steele
Latasha Johnson

In yesterday’s City of Eutaw Municipal elections, 1,219 voters cast ballots. There were five candidates in the Mayor’s race. Incumbent Mayor Raymond Steele led with 403 (33%) votes, Councilwoman Latasha Johnson came in second with 359 (30%) votes; Joe Lee Powell received 257 (21%); Sandra Walker 183 (15%) and Queena Bennett Whitehead 17 (1%).
There will be a runoff election on October 6, 2020 between Raymond Steele and Latasha Johnson for Mayor.
In Forkland, Incumbent Mayor Charlie McAlpine was reelected with a vote of 216 to 60 for Rev. Michael Barton.
In the Eutaw City Council races, there will be a runoff in District I, where Valerie Watkins received 115 (44%) votes to 107 (41%) for Chondra Mayes and Ke’Undra Quintez Cox received 38 (14.6%). The runoff also scheduled for October 6 will be between Watkins and Mayes.
In District 2, LaJeffrey Carpenter received 160 (69%) votes to 70 (30%) for Bryant Snyder, Jr. and was reelected to the Eutaw City Council. In District 3, Tracy Hunter, who was unopposed was elected to that seat.
In District 4, Larry Coleman received 110 (51%) votes in defeating incumbent Councilwoman Sheila Smith with 105 (49%) and will take the seat.
In District 5, Jacqueline Stewart with 120 (52%) votes defeated Rodney Wesley with 109 (48%) capturing this seat.
When the Mayor and Council are seated and sworn-in, for a four-year term, on November 10, 2020 there will be four new council members with only LaJeffrey Carpenter returning.
In Forkland, in the only contested city council race, for District 3; Alonzo Thomas with 48 votes won with Preston Davis receiving 25 and Willie Sashington getting 9 votes.
The Mayor’s position and city council races were not contested in the Towns of Boligee and Union, so the same officials have been reelected for another term.
1,219 (49.7%) of voters out of 2,450 registered in the city turned out to vote in the first primary on August 25, 2020. “We will need to work hard to raise the turnout for the Municipal Runoff on October 6 and the important November 3rd General Election for U. S. President, Senators, Congress and other offices,” said Carol Zippert, Greene County Chair for the Alabama New South Alliance.


5 running for Mayor of Eutaw Municipal election candidates set for August 25th

July 21, 2020 was the deadline to qualify to run for mayor and city council positions in upcoming Municipal Elections in Greene County towns. The election is set for August 25, 2020. There will be contested elections in Eutaw and Forkland, while in Boligee and Union only the current incumbents qualified to run, so there will be no contested elections and the municipal officials will receive a new term.
In Eutaw, there are five candidates running for Mayor, including incumbent Raymond Steele, two current council members Latasha Johnson and Joe Lee Powell, and Sandra “Sandy” Walker and Queena Bennett Whitehead.
For District 1 Eutaw City Council, there are three candidates for the seat currently held by Latasha Johnson, they are Ke’undra Quintez Cox, Chandra Mayes and Valerie B. “Nippy” Watkins.
For District 2, Eutaw City Council, incumbent councilman, La’Jeffrey “Chris” Carpenter is opposed by Bryant N. Snyder Jr. In District 3, Eutaw City Council, which is the position currently held by Joe Lee Powell, only one person, Tracy Hunter qualified and will be running unopposed.
For District 4, in Eutaw, incumbent Sheila H. Smith is challenged by Larry Coleman. In District 5, incumbent Bennie Abrams Jr. chose not to run. Two candidates, Jacqueline Stewart and Rodney Wesley are contesting for this council position.
In Forkland, Alabama, incumbent Mayor Charlie McAlpine is being challenged by Rev. Michael Barton. Council seats for District 1, Joe Tuck, District 2, Christopher Armstead, District 4, Samitra Gray and District 5, Emma Sugars, are unopposed.
For Forkland, District 3, there are three candidates including incumbent, Willie Sashington, who is opposed by Alonzo Thomas and Preston Davis.
In Boligee, the current office holders are unopposed and will receive another term. Hattie M. Samuels, for Mayor, for District 1 Council – Teresa Head-Mack and Halee H. Vogt, for Council District 2 – Michael D. Gibson, Sr., J. E. Morrow and Earnestine Wade.
In Union, all current municipal officials are unopposed and will receive another term. They are: Mayor James Gaines and Council members: Gene Colvin, Louise Harkness, Rosie Davis, Helen Sanford, and Alonzo Thompson.
The last day to register to vote in these municipal elections is August 10, 2020. More information on absentee voting will be available in future issues of the newspaper. A City of Eutaw Voters List is included on pages 10-13 of this newspaper. Check the list to make sure your name is on the list in the right district.