City elections bring surprises

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By Alice Du Pont

Voters in Quincy traded in veteran politician Angela Sapp for a newcomer this election — Micah Brown. In Tuesday’s city election Brown, and Sapp were the only candidatese on the ballot vying to represent District 2 on the city commission.
Brown garnered 177 votes to Sapp’s 133. Sapp served six years on the city commission, also serving the last year as mayor. The key to Brown’s victory was absentee voting. In the days prior to voting day, Brown’s supporters cast 114 absentee ballots to Sapp’s 46. Sapp won at the polls on election day with 87 votes to Brown’s 63, but it wasn’t enough to pull out a victory.

Brown will be sworn into office at 6 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Quincy City Hall during the re-organization meeting. A new mayor will also be elected at that time.

Brown is a graduate of East Gadsden High School and Delaware State University with a degree in sports management. Brown said in his announcement for office that he “wanted to be the bridge-way between the community and the government so the people can see the transparency of what’s going on in our city.”

Of the 792 eligible voters in District 2, 39.14 percent or 310 voted.

In the city of Midway election, Mayor Ella Barber, who has been in office for the past 14 years, was defeated by newcomer Eria Monroe Caesar. Caesar walked away with 259 votes to Barber’s 198 votes to represent District 2.
For the past three months, Barber has not been physically able to attend meetings and conducted them from her home via telephone. She came under fire recently sparked by a lawsuit filed by candidate Samuel “Sam” Stevens alleging she and interim city manager Roosevelt Morris  failed in their duties to make sure mayor pro tem Chuck Willis lives in the district where he chose to run in this election.

But Willis remained on the ballot after a last-minute appeal was filed in the District Court of Appeal. He defeated Stevens, 233 votes to 221. There were 10 under votes that were disqualified, leaving Willis with a slim margin of 2 votes, but that was enough to win.

Midway’s re-organizational meeting will be Thursday, May 2, during the regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Caesar will be sworn into office and a new mayor will be named.

In Havana, veteran commissioner Don Vickers defeated political novice Decorkus Allen with 150 to 127. The turnout was low for the only contested election in that city with less than 20 percent. Of the 1,413 eligible Havana voters, only 280 cast ballots.