The crowded field of five candidates in the District 2 Mobile City Council race narrowed somewhat on election night Aug. 27, as Levon Manzie and Greg Vaughan captured the top two spots. They will face each other in a run-off election Oct. 8.
“I feel like we have another opportunity to articulate our message of progress and our message of change for District 2,” said Manzie, a Mobile County School Board member and assistant pastor at St. Joseph Baptist Church in Whistler.
“To have a five-man field and to lead the field with 40 percent of the vote, it’s quite an honor. I’m ecstatic. We are proud of the turnout and will march forth to victory in October.”
Manzie gave a speech at his campaign headquarters on Government Street before the election results came in, thanking supporters for their hard work.
Attorney Greg Vaughan received 26 percent of votes for District 2.
“We’ve been campaigning for about two months and the message has resonated. Crime is an issue,” Vaughan said at his election night party at Serda’s Coffee Company.
“District 2 needs to be ready for Airbus and the suppliers Airbus will bring. We’re competing with Baldwin County and West Mobile for residents. What we want to do is convince residents to live in our district, and they won’t if there is a crime problem.”
Vaughan also said he believes there needs to be more lawyers in elected positions due to their expertise in contracts, statutes and their ability to advocate for people.
“I focused on getting to know the residents and the issues that they are facing by knocking on doors. I’m going to keep doing that and focus on the number one issue in District 2, reducing crime,” Vaughan said.
C.J. Small will be returning to the Mobile City Council to represent District 3 after he was appointed to the council in November 2012 when then-councilor Jermaine Burrell resigned to accept a job in Boston.
Small handily defeated bar owner Kimberly Evans by capturing 75.8 percent of the vote to Evans’ 24.2 percent.
“I truly believe District 3 has chosen me to be their leader to continue the job I already started,” Small said.
“Before taking the seat, District 3 was the highest in homicides. The numbers have fallen after working with the precinct and the Community Action Groups.”
John Williams, retired army officer and council member for more than six years, celebrated his District 4 win at a street party near his home.
Williams received 59.1 percent of the vote, besting candidates Tim Burnett (23.3 percent), Milton Morrow (13.3 percent) and Labarron Wiley (4.4 percent).
Williams, a business manager at Mobile Premier Pediatric Dentistry, says it’s an “awesome day” for him.
“What we are going to see this time is a clear priority of public safety,” he said. “When we acquire that, all the other requirements for a good economy will follow.”
“We will be a safer city, as [Mayor-elect Stimpson] has promised, by 2020. We aren’t going to be talking about it anymore, we are going to be the safest city in America.”