Fitzhugh wins Ripley Mayor’s Race
Challenger Craig Fitzhugh won the City of Ripley’s Mayor’s race on Thursday, beating four-time incumbent Jon Pavletic, 804-588. The two friends ran a respectable and civil race, with each candidate fulfilling a promise not to sling mud throughout the race.
Five incumbent Ripley Aldermen were unopposed in the race and are listed with their vote totals from the night: Paul Hankins, Ward 1, Position A, 465 votes; Billy Chipman Ward I, Position B, 509 votes; Bill Davis, Ward 2, Position A, 340 votes; Janice Treadway, Ward 2, Position B, 366 votes; and Alonzo Beard, Ward 3, Position B, 220 votes.
The lone Ripley Alderperson to have any competition on Election Night was Nyrita Alston in Ward 3, Position A. Alston won her race with 117 votes to 88 for Garie Andrews and 65 for Charles Blue.
Locally, Bill Haggerty won big in the Republican United States Senate primary with 1,470 votes for 192 for Manny Sethi and 180 for George Flynn.
Four School Board races were up for grabs, but only two had competition. No candidate qualified for School Board, District 2, and incumbent Austin Thompson, Jr., was unopposed with 356 votes in District 4.
In District 6, incumbent Roy Harkness was defeated by challenger Chris Rose, 282-213. In District 8, Jenny McWilliams defeated Colonel J.A. Leviticus 467-27.