Jefferson mayoral incumbent Jim Joiner won his second re-election bid in Tuesday's election. For the first time in eight years he faced opposition, from real estate broker from Debbie Langley.
“I thought the election went very well and I’m pleased with the results. Mrs. Langley was a very formidable opponent and I appreciate all voters who saw fit to re-elect me into office for another term,” said Joiner.
“I pledge we will continue the progress the city of Jefferson has made over the last eight years and I appreciate all folks that got out to support me one way or another.”
Joiner secured 538 votes, compared to Langley’s 486.
In a very close race, City Council incumbent Randall “Bosie” Griffith defeated local businessman Brian Mitsdarffer for the District 4 council seat. Griffith walked away with 137 votes, Mitsdarffer received 133.
More than 1,028 voters showed up to cast their ballots Tuesday — an anomaly for municipal elections.
“We really beat the bushes, encouraging folks to vote,” said John Ward, city manager.
Several candidates were involved in uncontested races: Ronnie Hopkins, school board chairman; Kathy DuBose, City Council District 2; Janice Wilbanks, City Council District 2 and Derrell Crowe, school board District 4.
Tuesday’s results are unofficial until they are certified Wednesday.
All of the winners will be sworn in at their first meetings in January.