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Chapman takes Porterdale Council seat
Residents pass alcohol referendum

PORTERDALE - With less than a month of campaigning under her belt, Porterdale City Council Post 3 candidate Arline Hayes Chapman won a decisive victory in Tuesday's special election, garnering nearly 60 percent of the total votes cast.

Also Tuesday, in a referendum on liquor-by-the-drink sales in the city, residents overwhelmingly approved the measure with 132 votes cast in favor, with just 55 votes opposing. A similar referendum failed by about 10 votes in 2005, according to Porterdale City Manager and Elections Superintendent Tom Fox.

More than 30 percent of registered voters in the historic mill town turned out to vote in the referendum and special election to fill the council seat, which was left vacant by former Councilman Perry Barnett, who resigned in January.

Of the 194 votes cast in Tuesday's election, Chapman received 116, while her opponents, James Himes, Jack Loyd and Wayne Maddox, were only able to muster a combined total of 78.

"I feel all the candidates need to be commended for running a fair and clean campaign," said Chapman, who was on hand to hear the vote tally at the Porterdale Fire Department. "I look forward to serving the residents of Porterdale."

Chapman also gave thanks to the residents who voted for her, as well as to her campaign workers. She added that she's looking forward to the future and to following through on her campaign promises.

Joel Griffin can be reached joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.