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A total of 196 voters from Cairo’s District 1 cast early ballots last week in the runoff election between incumbent Mayor Pro Tem and District 1 Councilman Lannis Thornton and challenger Ann Williams.
Advance voting ended Friday at 4:30 p.m. There is no early voting take place this week due to city and county offices being closed both Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday and limited staff resources.
Election Day is Tuesday, Dec. 3, and all voting will take place at the Grady County Agri-Center, 65 11th Ave. N.E. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
“I am thankful for everyone that came out and voted early and I would encourage the residents of District 1 who did not to make sure and vote on Dec. 3. I am hoping for a strong turnout,” said Municipal Election Superintendent Dana W. Barfield.
With only 304 people voting in the general election for District 1 city council on Nov. 5, election officials are optimistic nearly as many if not more may vote in the runoff.
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.