Read more This W.C. Hayes Jr. won the mayoral race receiving 103 votes (60%). A runoff election for both districts will be held on Oct. 6 at City Hall, according to City Clerk Debbie Orange. Be ready to go.’”. Mizzell (49 votes) and Robert Culp (8 votes). Samuel E. Reed was the only qualifying candidate and will be serving another term. AL primary and election races. Sheila Hall was the only qualifying candidate and will be serving another term. Alabaster — Scott Brakefield elected as mayor of Alabaster by Reshad Hudson & Landon Wexler; Anniston — Run-off election to be held in Anniston mayoral race by Autumn Bracey; Carbon Hill — April Kennedy-Herron elected Carbon Hill mayor by Landon Wexler; Clanton — Clanton to elect a new mayor for the first time in 36 years by Landon Wexler Neil Benson was the only qualifying candidate and will be serving another term. The Mayor's Office houses the highest-ranking government official in Clanton. City Councilman Bobby Cook gathered city workers together and announced the death of his longtime friend with tears in his eyes. Hospitalized in Clanton and his condition worsening, Driver got his daughter to help him call City Council members, his pastor, a city supervisor, and others — 12 people in all — to say goodbye by phone before he was transferred to a hospital in Birmingham to be put on a ventilator. Driver died of the illness in July, forcing a reckoning that’s still rippling through the community. All that visibility meant people noticed when Driver disappeared from public in June, and friends bowed in prayer when word got out he was sick with what many had assumed was a big-city disease, COVID-19. All rights reserved. Driver joined the volunteer fire department and was elected to Clanton City Council, where he spent 12 years, before running for mayor and winning on his first try in 1984. (P.O.) Chilton County municipalities held local elections Aug. 25. The Office of the Clanton Mayor provides information on Clanton government programs, government policies, and Clanton boards and commissions. A person entering a memorial service for Mayor Billy Joe Driver in Clanton, Ala., walks past a photo of the longtime public official on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Directory of Alabama elections. 2020 Clanton, AL Mayor Election news, candidate information, and election results for Alabama voters. “The man had more in his head about what was going on in the city than you could write in a book,” Cook said. They weren’t wearing their masks like they ought to,” she said. CLANTON, Ala. (AP) — It seemed like Billy Joe Driver, 84, was always around in this Alabama city after 36 years as mayor. More than a half-dozen relatives caught it in all, including the mayor’s brother, Don, who is still recovering. CLANTON, Ala. (WIAT) — Jeff Mims was elected mayor of Clanton. Robert L. Morris was the only qualifying candidate and will be serving another term. Read more Billy Joe Driver, 84, who was mayor of Clanton, Alabama, for 36 years died of coronavirus. Driver joined the volunteer fire department and was elected to Clanton City Council, where he spent 12 years, before running for mayor and winning on his first try in 1984. The Mayor and the City Council Click on any one of the contacts below to view more details and to be able to contact them. District 1 and District 2 for the City of Clanton did not have a candidate that received the necessary 50% plus one vote to win. Find your polling location at AlabamaVotes.gov. CLANTON, Ala. (AP) — It seemed like Billy Joe Driver, 84, was always around in this Alabama city after 36 years as mayor. A longtime mayor in Alabama has died of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The runoff election will be held Oct. 6 at Town Hall, according to Town Clerk Crystal Smith. However, the Thorsby race has gone to a runoff after none of the candidates received the needed 50% plus one vote needed. “We were taking it serious before, but after that, it really shook us to the core,” said McKinney, who runs Chilton Senior Connections, the senior center that Driver helped create in an old store and visited regularly. Donnie Lane won the District 2 seat with 21 votes (65%). So about 60 people, all wearing masks and with sanitized hands, gathered last Friday for a memorial service at the senior center where he liked to eat lunch. Candidate. The death of a longtime mayor has brought about a … Many are staying home more than they did early in the pandemic. “People had gotten lax on trying to protect everyone else. On Fridays it was lunch at the local senior center, and Wednesday night and Sunday meant worship at his church, Temple Assembly of God. No one is positive how Driver was infected with the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 — it could have been at a city meeting — but he began feeling badly around Father’s Day weekend in June, said daughter Kim Driver Hayes, who lived next door to her dad with her husband. 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However, only one of the seats will have a new occupant, which came in District 4 where Awlahjaday “Day” Agee defeated incumbent Greg DeJarnett with 181 votes to 95. website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area. Hayes, who’s a nurse, was herself sick with a milder case of COVID-19 by then; she believes she got it days earlier while helping her father work on a door. “I think with Mayor Driver’s death, it opened people’s eyes and they realized, ‘I could be next with this.”’, Vanessa McKinney said Driver’s death “devastated our community.”. Incumbent George Brasher received 24 votes. Candidate. He’s the interim mayor until a newly elected mayor, Jeff Mims, takes over in November. In the runoff for District 2 will be Wade Watley, who had received 209 votes, and Barry Baker who had received 155 votes. Losing the best-known person in town to a disease that had seemed so distant was a wake-up call for Clanton, friend Sammy Wyatt said. “The last thing he said to them was, ‘I’ll see you in heaven. In the runoff for District 1 will be between Danny Carter, who had received 274 votes, and Billy Singleton, who had received 245. Driver's death of COVID-19 shocked the central Alabama community, where residents say many people thought the illness caused by the new coronavirus was a big-city problem until he succumbed. “He was an honest guy.”. Eddie Reed was the only qualifying candidate and will be serving another term. With mourners’ chairs spread apart and paper peaches hanging overhead, Cook got up to speak. The Clanton Fire Department informed townspeople what had happened in a message on its Facebook page. Driver joined the volunteer fire department and was elected to Clanton City Council, where he spent 12 years, before running for mayor and winning on his first try in 1984. Read more Patty Crocker was the only qualifying candidate and will be serving another term. Death of longtime mayor from COVID-19 stuns Alabama town Jay Reeves / AP A person entering a memorial service for Mayor Billy Joe Driver in Clanton, Ala., walks past a … Most weekdays you’d find Driver working at a first-floor conference table at Clanton City Hall, and many nights he’d eat at Green’s Small … Highlights from the results include new mayors for the cities of Center Point and Homewood. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. Driver helped plan roads that residents still travel today. CLANTON, Ala. (AP) — It seemed like Billy Joe Driver, 84, was always around in this Alabama city after 36 years as mayor.Most weekdays you'd find Driver working at a first-floor conference table at Clanton City Hall, and many nights he'd eat at Green’s Small Town Diner with friends. Donna Manasco won the District 1 race with 60 votes (75%). Each has ... According to Town Clerk Dawn Smitherman, three provisional ballots were cast for a total of 169 votes, meaning voter turnout was 35%. It seemed like Billy Joe Driver, 84, was always around in this Alabama city after 36 years as mayor. The Clanton Mayor, located in Clanton, AL, oversees government services for the municipality. Jeff Mims will be the new mayor of Clanton after securing 1,298 votes in the election. Baker was also elected first mayor of the town. After losing their mayor of 36 years, Billy Joe Driver, to COVID-19 last month, two well-known figures in the peach hotspot began their campaigns. Most weekdays you’d find Driver working at a first-floor conference table at Clanton City Hall, and many nights he’d eat at Green’s Small Town Diner with friends. Located halfway between Birmingham and Montgomery, Clanton is a city of about 8,800 people that’s best-known for agriculture — its exit off Interstate 65 is marked by a water tower shaped like a giant peach. Incumbent Chasity Cleckler Chapman will be serving another term after winning the election with 217 votes. Billy Joe Driver, 84, of Clanton, Alabama passed away July 9, 2020 at St. Vincent's in Birmingham, Alabama. Hal Harrison was the only qualifying candidate and will be serving another term. On Fridays it was lunch at the local senior center, and Wednesday night and Sunday meant worship at his church, Temple Assembly of God. Clanton was named in honor of General James H. Clanton, a brigadier in the Confederate States Army, and was incorporated on April 23, 1873. CLANTON, Ala. (AP) — It seemed like Billy Joe Driver, 84, was always around in this Alabama city after 36 years as mayor. Born in Clanton in 1935, when Alabama’s economy was mainly agricultural and many roads weren’t paved, Driver finished high school and went to work at age 18 for the county engineering department, said younger brother Don Driver, 75. The Clay City Council meets at City Hall . “You’d see him out riding at night hunting something, and if they had any kind of problem, he’d be out there with them at night,” Driver said. budget, Army is working on Frankenbots with living tissue to better robot capabilities, Permanent telework arrangements, COVID-19 vaccinations top NTEU's priority list for 2021, Census Bureau director to resign amid criticism over data, New House bill would block Schedule F, and anything else like it. Other candidates in the mayoral race had included Chester E. However, the Thorsby race has gone to a runoff after none of the candidates received the needed 50% plus one vote needed. “He was just telling them thank you and that he loved them,” she said. A few days later, mourners huddled around a green tent for a brief graveside service, but something more was needed to acknowledge the man who, for many, was the heart of Clanton. The mayor and four City Council seats were up for grabs in Clanton, as elections took place on Tuesday. The mayor didn’t get better and died on July 9. “It was the worst time of my life.”. Driver joined the volunteer fire department and was elected to Clanton City Council, where he spent 12 years, before running for mayor and winning on his first try in 1984. WTOP.com | Alexa | Google Home | WTOP App | 103.5 FM, Trump commutes sentence of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Trump, in dead of night, releases members of his administration from ethics pledge, including lobbying ban, In first hours as president, Biden to sign 15 executive actions reversing Trump policies on climate, immigration, virus, Maryland state, county lawmakers target ghost guns, Presidential Inaugural Committee ‘very confident’ about security measures, Hogan makes education, pandemic relief a priority in next Md. Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you. 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