By REGGIE ROSS
Eric Harris will be the new Ward Five City Councilman after winning Monday’s special election with over 59 percent of the vote.
The final election results showed that 464 Ward Five citizens voted in the election, topping the 2016 number of 416 votes cast in the last city election.
Harris, 38, a mortician at Clark-Williams Funeral Home, earned 274 votes, enough to defeat Col. Tim Freelon, who earned 131 votes, and John Wayne Harlow, who finished with 59 votes.
Harris will finish the unexpired Ward Five term of Joshua Hughes, which is up for reelection in May for the city wide election of 2020.
Harris, a resident of the Eastern Heights Community, said he was grateful for the turnout of the election.
“I want to thank the voters of Ward Five for their vote and say that ‘I am here for you,’” Harris said. “I plan to communicate with all my constituents. To those who entrusted me with your vote I am greatly appreciative.”