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Midway elects new council member, retains one

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By Alice Du Pont

After the votes were counted in the Midway city elections last Tuesday, Charles "Chuck" Willis will retain his seat and David Lee Knight will be the city's newest council member.

Willis defeated political newcomer Sammie "Sam" Stevens soundly with 63.64 percent of the vote to Stevens' 36.36 percent. With 407 votes cast, Willis got 259 to Stevens' 148. He will continue to represent District 4.

Newcomer David Lee Knight defeated Jerry Range and Ronald Colston to represent District 6, an at-large seat. Knight got 55.77 percent or 232 of the 416 votes cast. Range got 111 votes or 26.68 percent, while Colston got 73 votes or 17.55 percent. The seat was left vacant when former Midway mayor James Hinson announced that he would not seek re-election because of health reasons.

The two will be sworn in during the May 7 regular council meeting.

A majority of the voters said they disapproved of an amendment to place a salary cap on city employees. Of the 399 voters weighing in on the amendment, 255 disapproved and 144 approved of the measure.