JACKQUELYN G. JONES was one of 128 City of Cairo District 1 voters to cast an early ballot since advance voting opened Monday. Friday is the last day to vote early in the Dec. 3 runoff election. Shown are poll workers, l-r, Annette Lodge, Lavanda Standley and Muncipal Election Superintendent Dana W. Barfield.
At the close of business Tuesday, 128 City of Cairo District 1 voters had cast early ballots in the runoff election between incumbent Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Lannis Thornton and challenger Ann Williams.
The advance voting period will end this Friday, Nov. 22 at 4:30 p.m. The runoff election day is not until Tuesday, Dec. 3 and there will not be any early voting next week due to limited resources and city and county offices being closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.
The polls will be open on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and all voting will take place at the Grady County Agri-Center, 65 11th Ave. N.E.
The advance voting once again will be conducted at the Grady County Board of Registrars Office located behind the Grady County Courthouse at 24 Third Ave. N.E. The hours for early voting will be 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Nov. 18-22.
“We had a really good turnout on Monday with 80 voters casting ballots, but it slowed down some Tuesday with only 48 votes being cast,” Municipal Election Superintendent Dana W. Barfield said Tuesday.
In the Nov. 5 municipal general election, Thornton was the top vote getter with 120 votes, Williams came in second with 105 and candidate Alicia Gurley had 79.
Councilman Thornton is seeking his fifth term on the city council and after having retired from Koyo Bearings last June with 39.5 years of service at the local bearings plant, he says he has even more time to devote to serving his neighbors. With pride, he notes that he retired with 34 years of perfect attendance as a receiving clerk.
The mayor pro tem and his wife, Carolyn, have seven grown children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Ann Williams is a Cairo native who has worked for most of her life for the State of Florida.
A resident of 1026 Ninth St. N.W., Williams, 58, says her main goal as a councilwoman would be to maintain an open line of communication with her constituents and serve as their voice on the council.
Since 1984, she has worked for the State of Florida, and says in December 2020 she will retire from her position as administrative assistant with the state’s Division of Bond Finance. A 1978 graduate of Cairo High School, Williams says she also holds an associate’s degree from the former Thomas Technical College (now Southern Regional Technical College) in secretarial work.