CAIRO CITY COUNCILMAN James H. (Jimmy) Douglas, back to camera, and Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Cox congratulate Mayor-elect Howard Thrower, III, right, Tuesday night after results of the municipal special election were revealed.
It only took City of Cairo poll workers just over an hour to count, double and triple check the results of Tuesday’s special election and announce the results.
Howard Thrower III, coasted to an election win beating Emory Thomas Sr., 453 to 175 in unofficial results.
There were 263 voters who cast ballots on Tuesday, and Thrower garnered 152 of the election day votes while Thomas earned 111.
Mailed absentee ballots proved much less popular with city voters with only 107 absentee votes being cast. A total of 258 voters cast advance-in person votes.
Thrower dominated his opponent in the mail in votes, 86-21, and also in the advance voting, 215-43.
“I appreciate the voters’ confidence in me. I’m excited to get to work for the people of Cairo to make our city a safe, vibrant community for all residents,” Mayor-elect Thrower said Tuesday night.
Thrower will fill the unexpired term of former mayor Booker Gainor which expires Dec. 31, 2021. Should he chose, Mayor-elect Thrower would have to seek reelection next year in order to serve a full, four-year term.
Municipal election superintendent, Dana Barfield, reported no issues with the election and she thanked her poll workers for their assistance in conducting a “smooth, efficient” election.