Cherokee County Herald correspondent
On a rainy, foggy Tuesday night, Aug. 28, 2012, a small crowd slowly began to gather at the Cedar Bluff town hall for the results of this year’s municipal elections.
Running in the town of Cedar Bluff for offices were as follows:
Mayor: Ethel Sprouse (I), Martha Baker, Jack Bond, Sam Ellis, and Margaret Wallace; District I: Evan Smith (I), Billie Burkhalter, and Jimmy Wallace; District II: Tammy Crane (no opponent); District III: Nathan Thacker, Jerry Sprayberry; District IV: Norman Burton (I), Paul McWhorter III; District V: Letha Harp (no opponent).
As results became finalized it was evident that a run-off for Mayor would be between Ethel Sprouse (111) and former Mayor Martha Baker (124). Also in the mayoral race Jack Bond received 101, Sam Ellis 40 and Margaret Wallace 13. In District I, a landslide victory was gained by Billie Burkhalter with 72 votes over incumbent Evan Smith’s 35 and Jimmy Wallace’s 9. Tammy Crane will serve in District II because she was unopposed. Jerry Sprayberry edged out Nathan Thacker 44 to 38. Incumbent Norman Burton went back in over Paul McWhorter III by a merge margin of 47 to 40. And Leatha Harp will continue to serve district V since she was unopposed.
The Mayoral run-off will take place Oct. 9, 2012. So don’t forget to cast your vote!