The president of the United Concerned Citizens of Prichard will face a local barber and pastor in a runoff election on Tuesday, Oct. 7 for the right to represent Prichard City Council District 2.
UCCOP’s Severia Campbell-Morris received 39 percent of the vote during a special election Tuesday. Carlton Wallace, owner of Heavenly Creations Barber Style Center, had 27 percent. Campbell-Morris and Wallace topped a total of six candidates to get into the runoff.
Wallace said he’s looking forward to a runoff, even if a win would’ve been better.
“To make the runoff as a newcomer — a political newcomer — is very exciting,” he said. “I have great vision and plans for my city.”
Top issues for Wallace include cleaning up the city and bringing more jobs to town. He said he expects to win the next election, which coincides with his mom’s birthday.
“We plan to have a victory party and a birthday party,” he said.
Campbell-Morris said she looks forward to continuing the campaign.
“I thank God that the citizens thought enough of me to let me bring leadership to the table,” she said. “I’m excited to continue to work.”
If elected, Campbell-Morris said she would keep an eye on the city’s money, as Prichard comes out of bankruptcy court. She also said she would work to clean up blight in the Alabama Village neighborhood and downtown.
The special election that cost the city approximately $35,000 came about after former District 2 Councilwoman Earline Martin-Harris resigned amid allegations that she and her family lived in Daphne. Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich challenged her residency and on the day a trial was to begin, Martin-Harris resigned.