Candidates face possible runoffs in two Tuscaloosa city council

Candidates face possible runoffs in two Tuscaloosa city council races

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Tuscaloosa residents turned out Tuesday to elect school board and city council members.

This year, a number of incumbents ran unopposed, including Mayor Walt Maddox and three city council members, Matt Calderone (District 4), Cynthia Almond (District 3) and Harrison "Mailman" Taylor (District 2). In addition, Calderone automatically gets a seat on the council after no one else decided to run for the position.

Only the council seat for District 1 has more than one candidate. Bobby Earl Howard, Panganena "Panga" Wilson, Burrell Odom and Gregory "Greg" Stallworth are running for the seat.

Reporter Kelvin Reynolds says that William Tinker, the incumbent for council district 7, has conceded his race to opponent Sonya McKinstry.

Reynolds also says that there are two possible run offs looming for Burrell Odom and Bobby Earl Howard in the council district 1 race and retired fire fighter Eddie Pugh and incumbent Bob Lundell in council district 6.

In the Tuscaloosa Board of Education races, two of the seven candidates are running unopposed. Lee Garrison is currently in the lead to win Tuscaloosa Board of Education Chairman. With 93 percent of precincts reporting, he has 51 percent of the vote and opponent Denise Hills has 49 percent of the vote.

In other races, the unofficial winners are:

Tuscaloosa BOE D-1: James Minyard, 70 percent of the vote

Tuscaloosa BOE D-4: Cason Kirby, 55 percent of the vote

Tuscaloosa BOE D-5: Harry C. Lee, 63 percent of the vote

Tuscaloosa BOE D-6: Marvin L. Lucas, 52 percent of the vote

Tuscaloosa BOE D-7: Erksine Simmons, 64 percent of the vote

Tuscaloosa Council D-7: Sonya McKinstry, 56 percent of the vote

According to Alabama law, run off elections will be held Oct. 8, 2013.

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