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Selmer mayor easily wins re-election
Nov 08, 2017 | 1197 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SELMER, Tenn. -- Voters returned incumbent Selmer Mayor John Smith to office.

Smith was elected to a second term as mayor after defeating former alderman Nicky Atkins on Tuesday.

Smith collected 876 votes compared to the 399 for Atkins, according to the Independent Appeal.

Atkins ran a vocal campaign centered on the closing of the long-time local hospital and lack of an emergency room in Selmer. Smith countered with the city's efforts to get additional medical care for the community, better streets, established leadership and moving the town forward with progressive measures.

Troy Moore won the bid to fill the unexpired alderman term of Atkins. Moore received 558 votes in his first bid as alderman. Jon Ross Reaves finished with 289 votes and Frederick "Big World" Yarbrough collected 282 votes.

Daniel Patterson, who dropped out of the race last month, garnered 76 votes.

Aldermen Johnny Norris and John Finlayson ran unopposed in the race for four-year aldermen spots. Norris had 1,008 votes and Finlayson got 982 in the election.

Smith held a huge lead (622-283) after early voting and absentee votes were counted. He extended his lead after 370 votes were cast on election day.

Smith took the election day count 254-116 to win the race by 477 votes.

Moore also held a big lead going into election day. Moore, who was selected to fill Atkins' position after he resigned to run for mayor, received 418 early and absentee votes.

Yarbrough collected 200 early and absentee votes and Reaves received 193.
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