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Usry wins re-election bid

Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry withstood an election challenge Tuesday, prevailing 594-577 over Delmar "Brink" Bradshaw.

Usry claimed a 357-304 advantage in in-person, absentee voting citywide. Voting day results from three precincts narrowed Usry's margin but confirmed his victory.

Absentee voting exceeded same-day voting in each of the three precincts. At the old courthouse, for example, 220 people voted in person and 404 voted absentee. Of 4,092 eligible voters, 1,183 votes - or 28.91 percent - were cast in person, absentee or by mail.

Elections director Kelvin Williams said five or six provisional ballots remained to be considered in the next few days.

"I am delighted to have been re-elected and I think that's a positive move by our voters to move our community forward," Usry said.

Bradshaw thanked all of the voters and families who supported his candidacy. He said he would continue to work to be a positive influence in the community.

Councilman 2-B, the Rev. John Smalley, also won re-election, stopping challenger James Taylor Jr., 289-91.

Taylor said the voters apparently were not ready for a change. He said he would continue to volunteer in the community and would consider running again in four years.

Smalley was not available for comment.

The four other incumbent council members were re-elected without opposition: Alton Belton, District 2-A; Clifford "Bud" Lunceford, 1-A; Jaye Jones, 1B; and Bernice Brown, 3-C.

All of those elected will assume office at the city council meeting on Jan. 12.

Web posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011

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