The Town of Duck Hill elected a new mayor Tuesday night.
Al White defeated incumbent Joey Cooley and four others in the mayor’s race for the Montgomery County town of approximately 800 residents just south of Grenada. Cooley, who is an assistant principal and head boys basketball coach at Grenada High School, served as mayor for 20 years.
White received the highest number of votes with 89. Tyrone Harbin received the second most votes with 43 and Frankie James Curtis received 43 votes. Cooley received 39 votes and Randy Everette received three votes.
White thanked his supporters in Duck Hill Wednesday morning and looks forward to moving the town into the future.
“I look forward to continue building the community, especially as far as tourism goes,” White said. “Keeping Duck Hill moving is the endeavor here.”
According to Duck Hill City Clerk LaSonja Sizemore, the vote totals remain unofficial until affidavit ballots are counted.
In Duck Hill’s aldermen’s race, the Top 5 vote-getters win the at-large bid to serve on the Board of Alderman.
Alderman Lula Brown will enter her fifth term after receiving the most votes Tuesday with 171. She said that she is thankful for the support of the community and is a firm believer in always doing the right thing.
“There’s nothing wrong with being humble, so I appreciate the voters in Duck Hill that elected me,” Brown said. “Most of all, I’ve always put God first and I thank the people in Duck Hill for putting their trust in me.”
Cynthia Brown Kountz received the second-highest number of votes with 165 and Linda Bennett received the third most with 158 votes. Christopher Caldwell Sr. received 144 votes and Shernell Brown Everette received 133 to round out the Board of Aldermen seats available.
Tommy Earl “Pee Wee” White received the least amount of votes with 103.