City council special election
Lula Post 2
Marvin Moore (winner) 23 votes
Walter Harris 15 votes
In a low-key special election that didn’t rouse much voter interest, 25-year Lula resident Marvin Moore was elected Tuesday night to serve on the City Council.
He defeated Walter Harris by a 23-15 vote.
“I'm excited, anxious to dig my feet in and see what I can do,” said Moore, speaking from his home after being congratulated by Mayor Milton Turner. “I hope I can carry through on being a good listener.”
He replaces Vicky Chambers, who died in January following a vehicle wreck in East Hall.
Moore will be sworn into office at the council's July 13 work session and will serve out the remainder of Chambers’ four-year term, which ends Dec. 31, 2017.
The Post 2 race was about as close to uncontentious as a political campaign can be.
Both candidates are both members of First Baptist Church of Lula, where they discovered one Sunday they were opponents.
That was the extent of the fireworks in the election, which drew no advance voters and only 3 percent of the city’s 1,265 eligible voters.
As a councilman, Moore said he hopes to respond quickly to residents' concerns and problems. The former South Hall resident also foresees the city having to grapple with growth as it comes Lula's way.
“I think there needs to be a little more community interest in what's going on,” said Moore, whose wife, Barbara, sat nearby.
Harris, who waited on results at City Hall with his wife, Sandra, said he was disappointed about losing, but that he felt the council seat was in good hands.
“I think Walter is a super guy and he's lived here all his life,” he said. “I think he'll be good at it.”