Buck wins in a
City of Holly Springs voters overwhelming favored change in the mayor’s seat Tuesday.
State representative Kelvin Buck cruised to a landslide victory over incumbent Andre’ DeBerry for the city’s top job. Buck received 71 percent of the vote. The unofficial totals were Buck 1,658 votes and DeBerry 664.
DeBerry has served three full terms (12 years) in the office, following a few months as interim mayor after the death of Eddie Lee Smith in late January 2001.
Buck is a former alderman who has been serving in the state House of Representatives since 2004.
“I’m almost at a loss for words,” Buck said after hugging lots of supporters outside the fire station. “I have so many people to thank for this opportunity to serve. So many people worked so hard.
“I’m looking forward to working with the entire community to move this city forward. The citizens have said they want to move in a different direction as a united community. The numbers represent a full coalition of people.”
Buck will take over as mayor of Holly Springs in July.
In other election news from Tuesday, three of five races for city aldermen positions are going to a Tuesday, May 21, runoff.
Former alderman-at-large Tim Liddy and incumbent Johnnie Bagley-Johnson are headed for the runoff in two weeks.
Liddy received 46 percent of the vote and the rest was shared by the other three candidates. Liddy got 1,039 votes, while Bagley-Johnson made the runoff with 527 votes.
Other candidates’ totals were Mae Gill (361) and Calvin James (334).
Alderman Ward 1
Bernita Fountain was the winner Tuesday in the Ward 1 race over Jansen Ron Pegues.
Fountain received 280 votes to Pegues’ 155.
Alderman Ward 2
There will be a runoff May 21 for the Ward 2 job between Sharon Gipson and Lennell “Big Luke” Lucas.
Gipson received 280 votes Tuesday to lead the ticket and Lucas 153, according to unofficial totals.
Other candidates’ totals in the race were Lemon Phelps (138 votes) and Craig Williamson (56).
Alderman Ward 3
Mark Miller won the Ward 3 position outright, defeating three opponents. He received 348 votes (57 percent).
Other totals for the candidates were Jivaro “Bo” Jones (137), Jannie Lane Luellen (85) and Gary Tunstall (42).
Alderman Ward 4
It was a tight race between Christy Owens and incumbent Harvey Payne Sr. in Ward 4. The two will advance to a runoff for alderman in two weeks. Owens had 273 votes to Payne’s 241 votes.
Kenneth McMullen received 111 votes.
Voters also overwhelmingly approved a $10 million bond issue for the Holly Springs School District.
It needed 60 percent approval and received 80 percent.
Votes for the bond issue totaled 2,181 and against 544, according to unofficial totals.
The funds will be used for construction of a new Intermediate School and renovations at other campuses.
Unofficial totals, including absentee ballots, were complete around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
There was a strong voter turnout with 2,322 people voting in the mayor’s race and 2,261 voting in the alderman at-large race.
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