Incumbents keep seats in city election


by A.C. Hall

Voters trickled in and out of the White Settlement Public Library yesterday to cast their ballots for places 2 and 3 on the White Settlement City Council, among other regional issues.  Rain persisted throughout the day, but voters still turned up to decide that the current council members are the ones they want to keep.  

In place 3, incumbent Mike Arnold narrowly held onto his seat against challenger Johnny Powell. Early voting results often give a good insight into who will win local elections, but things couldn’t have been closer when early voting results were reported for White Settlement City Council place 3 last night.  Incumbent Arnold received 212 early votes, and his opponent Powell received 212 early votes as well.  This exact tie left the fate of the seat in the hands of election day voters.  Things remained close between the two men on Tuesday, but Arnold ended up winning by just 23 votes, 386 to 363.

The race for place 2 between incumbent Elzie Clements and challengers Garry Wilson and Amy Alvitre wasn’t quite as tight.  When early voting results rolled out, incumbent Clements enjoyed a nearly 100 vote lead over his closest challenger Garry Wilson.  That margin held during election day, as Clements won re-election with 397 votes to Wilson’s 284.  Newcomer candidate Alvitre received 73 votes.