Shaw, Lamborne to face off Oct. 9Published 10:27am Wednesday, August 29, 2012
After a close race, final numbers determined that mayoral hopefuls Mark Lamborne and Charles Shaw will face off in a runoff election Oct. 9.
According to official results posted at city hall, Shaw received 957 votes, Lamborne received 935 votes, Mark Fuller received 834 votes, Garland Gamble received 620 votes and Bill Young received 526 votes.
“I just want to thank folks – it’s very humbling to come out on top out of five (candidates),” Shaw said. “I do appreciate the people of Alex City for supporting me.”
Lamborne echoed Shaw’s sentiments.
“It feels great to get this close to winning right out,” Lamborne said.
Both Shaw and Lamborne said they wanted to thank the other candidates in the mayor’s race.
“There are five people that wanted the office of mayor in the City of Alexander City, which means the community is still thinking about … moving the city forward,” Lamborne said.
“I want to thank the other candidates for running a clean, good race,” Shaw said. “I appreciate each one of them.”
Lamborne had friends, family and supporters gather at Queen’s Attic to hear election results.
“It (felt) great to have everybody here – the people that supported us and even other candidates that didn’t win tonight,” Lamborne said.
Shaw’s supporters gathered at the Bud Porch Center to hear results.
“I had some friends, family and supporters there tonight from all over town, and we had a celebration when got the count in,” Shaw said. “We had good fellowship and enjoyed ourselves.”
Both celebrations were short-lived, however, as both candidates look to the Oct. 9 runoff election date.
“Now is the time when I’m going to really work hard to get those other votes,” Lamborne said. “To move Alex City forward and do what we’ve got to do, we need to unite. Hopefully they’ll unite behind us – let’s get going.”
Shaw said he plans to “continue to do what (he has) been doing” in the weeks leading up to the runoff.
“I’ve been in Alex City for 43 years – people know what I stand for, and they know all about me. My life is an open book,” Shaw said. “I don’t plan to change anything except to see more people in the days ahead. As for those who did not support me, I hope they’ll consider me in the runoff. I’d appreciate their support.”