Humboldt Mayor, Alderman Election Forced into Runoff

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. -- Humboldt’s new mayor will be decided in a runoff, after a mere 150 votes separated the top two contenders in Tuesday’s election.

Marvin Sikes and Thomas “Redd” Porter will face off Dec. 17.

Voters ousted Incumbent Mayor Allen Barker Tuesday, who only nabbed 24.93 percent of the vote. Sikes secured the most at 34.14 percent, Porter 26.9 percent and Shane Lynch 14.03 percent.

Alderman races for Ward 3 and Ward 5 were too close to call. None of the candidates earned the required 51 percent of the vote.

Billy W. Alexander had just one vote over Don Graves in the Alderman Ward 3 race. Two votes put Donna Johnson in a slight lead over Herman Newell in the race for Alderman Ward 5.

Early voting runs Nov. 27-Dec. 12 at the Gibson County Courthouse in Trenton. Votes can be cast 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

The courthouse will be closed Nov. 28-30 for Thanksgiving.
Election Day is Dec. 17. Precincts will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The last day to register is Nov. 18.


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