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Voting for a change
Malakoff gets new mayor; Trinidad changes council
MALAKOFF - Malakoff voters went for a change at mayor in a big way this election, voting in Delois Pagitt.
Pagitt outpolled incumbent John Shumate by a whopping 103-27.
Council members Jeanette King and Tim Trimble were returned unopposed. King earned 86 votes and Trimble 74 votes.
Shumate served one term.
"I am happy that the town stood behind me and hopeful that I can fulfill the position to make them happy," Pagitt said. "I want to tell the citizens how much I appreciate their support and vote."
Following the election, Pagitt reiterated the need for residents to get involved with city government.
"They need to be made aware that their involvement can and should reflect the feelings of the town," she said.
She also believes that young residents -a group that historically ignores city government - need to be involved.
"I strongly believe what's going to happen will depend on the younger generation," she said.
Pagitt will take over at the next meeting of the City Council.
In Trinidad, it was the council that voters changed. Mary (Beth) Parker received 103 votes and Danny Ramsey 73 votes to sweep incumbents Susan Latham and Brett Nolan out of office. Latham received 42 votes, Nolan 20, and a fifth candidate, Claude Jackson, picked up 38 votes.
Incumbent Trinidad Mayor Larry Estes was reelected by a large margin, 119-30 over Frank Paul Covey.
In Athens, voters returned incumbent Mayor Randy Daniel and City Councilman Jerry Don Vaught. Daniel beat challenger Joe Whatley. 627-609: Vaught bested Ridge Tardy, 820-347.
"It was a close vote, and I just want to thank Joe Whatley for the race that he ran, and I want to thank the voters of Athens for giving me another term as mayor," Daniels said. "And I just pledge to serve as best I can and lets work to move Athens forward."
Voters also approved the sale of alcohol in Athens by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. The change will allow beer and wine sales for off premises consumption, and will also allow liquor sales in restaurants for those with a liquor license.
There were no elections in Caney City, Star Harbor or Log Cabin because only the minimum number of candidates signed up.
In Caney City, Mayor Joe Barron and Council members Jack Boykin and Ronald Welch will return.
In Star Harbor, three newcomers signed up unopposed: Burt Weaver, Duane Rhodes and Donna Tipton.
In Log Cabin it will be Mayor Gene Bearden and Council members Tom Garrett and Larry Nolan.
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