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Center Point elects first Black mayor; runoff elections recap

Statewide - Voters in cities throughout the Birmingham metro area went to the polls Tuesday for municipal runoff elections.

The city of Center Point elected its first Black mayor, Councilman Bobby Scott, who defeated incumbent Tom Henderson by 261 votes. Henderson has been the only mayor of Center Point since the city was founded in 2002.

Fairfield mayor Eddie Penny won his reelection bid, defeating opponent Michael Williams by 269 votes. Fairfield’s City Council District 2 also held its runoff election, with Susan Jo Rembert-Parks receiving 63.6 percent of the vote over Gloria Matthews.

Homewood elected Councilman Patrick McClusky as its mayor over Chris Lane, one of the city’s longtime residents. McClusky took to social media to express his gratitude for the community’s support, stating that "victory wasn’t a victory“ for himself, but for the people of Homewood.

Additionally, Andrew Wolverton defeated Celest Bayles in Homewood’s city council runoff race, earning 53% of the vote.

The cities of Tarrant, Hoover, Lipscomb and Tarrant also held city council runoff races.

With only 133 voters participating in its City Council runoff election, Tarrant’s Veronica Brandy Freeman defeated opponent Cynthia Hurd Threatt.

Hoover’s Sam Swiney won its Place 2 seat over Robin Schultz by 407 votes.

In the race for Lipscomb’s District 1 seat, Barry Reddick fell short to Lakenda Poellnitz, winning with 60 percent of the vote.

Results from Lipscomb's mayoral race are expected Wednesday.

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