PORTERDALE -- In city elections that drew more candidate interest than any other recent city balloting, Porterdale voters chose a new mayor, two new council members and returned one incumbent council member to office.
Mayor Bobby Hamby lost the seat he has held for six years to challenger Arline Chapman, who had resigned her Post 3 council seat to run for mayor. The vote count was 83 for Hamby to 128 for Chapman.
Chapman thanked the voters for their support and pledged to work for the betterment of the town.
"I'm very proud that the people have selected me to be the mayor of Porterdale. I certainly thank the people who voted for me," Chapman said, adding that she intends to work with all residents "to do the things that we need to do for Porterdale."
? Arline Chapman
Bobby D. Hamby (i)
City Council Post No. 1
Robert Foxworth (i)
? Anita Rainey
City Council Post No. 2
? Linda Finger (i)
City Council Post No. 3
? Tim Savage
Sunday Alcohol Sales
Mansfield Council Post 1
Orville McGunigal (i)
? Marty Smallwood
Mansfield Council Post 4
? Lisa Dunn
Hamby also said he wanted to thank the voters in Porterdale.
"I would just like to congratulate Ms. Chapman and I want to thank all the people that supported me during this election and all the people that supported me over the last 14 years as a council member and as mayor," Hamby said.
Post 1 Councilman Robert Foxworth, who has come under fire for personal conflicts with other council members and town residents, was defeated by newcomer Anita Rainey. Foxworth received 70 votes to Rainey's 137.
Rainey said she looks forward to working with other council members.
"I'm really excited," she said. "I think we have a good team and I'm looking forward to all of us working together. 2012 is going to be a good year."
Incumbent Councilwoman Linda Finger was re-elected to her Post 2 seat over challenger Darlene Savage, 130 votes to 77.
Finger thanked the voters of Porterdale for electing her to another term.
"I'm so excited and I so appreciate the residents of Porterdale for giving me a chance to serve them for the next four years," Finger said.
"I think we have a working team now that can work together and accomplish things for the city."
In the Post 3 race, two newcomers battled it out, with Tim Savage taking the race with 110 votes to Terry Barnes' 96 votes.
In the referendum for Sunday retail sales of alcohol, the yes votes carried the election at 106 compared to the no votes at 94.In Mansfield Estona Middlebrooks was unopposed for mayor. Incumbent Councilman Orville McGunigal from Post 1, lost his bid for re-election to Marty Smallwood. In Post 4, Lisa Dunn beat out David Nadell.
Hal Dally handily won the election for Social Circle mayor in a four-way race Tuesday. According to unofficial results posted by Walton County, Dally secured 52.2 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff. Barron Steward came in a distant second with 22.86 percent of the vote. Hosea Jackson garnered 13.69 percent of the votes with 112 ballots cast for him and Joel Biggs received 90 votes, or 11 percent of the vote.
According to the unofficial results, 818 people voted for mayor.
Former Social Circle Police Chief Steve Shelton edged out businessman Crenan Mills for City Council District 4. In that race, Shelton received 121 votes, securing 53.07 percent of the votes, to Mills' 107 votes, or 46.93 percent of the ballots cast.
John Callahan received 50.75 percent of the votes in a three-person race for Social Circle School Board District 3. Robbie Groves came in second with 85 ballots cast for her, amounting to 25.37 percent of the votes. Alan Howard Sr. was a close third with 23.88 percent of the votes, or 80 ballots cast.
Voters in Walton County also approved two sales tax referenda with 61.27 of the county's voters giving their approved extension of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and 65.41 percent voting "yes" for the Education Local Option Sales Tax, or ELOST.
Staff reporter Crystal Tatum and staff correspondent Aimee Jones contributed to this report.