Alexander wins seat on council by 17 votes

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Williamston voters decided Tuesday that they wanted a new councilmember to serve on the Ward 4 seat. In the run off election, challenger Chris Alexander received 155 votes to incumbent Otis Scott’s 138.

Alexander had 111 votes in the town precinct to 77 for Scott. Scott took the mill precinct with 56 votes to Alexander’s 42. Scott also received two absentee votes. In the Cedar Grove precinct, Scott had 3 votes to Alexander’s 2 votes.

Following the vote count, Scott said, “I want to thank all the people who voted for me and for the priviledge of serving them for the last eight years. If any of the citizens have any concerns, just ask me,” he added. “I will still be the thorn in their side.”

Alexander said, “I am very thankful to everyone who came out today and two week ago for their support. I am very humbled and excited for the opportunity to serve the town. I look forward to working for the citizens of Williamston.”

Williamston Mayor Mack Durham thanked Scott for his service on the council and contributions to the town.

“I would like to thank Mr. Scott for the service he has given as a councilmember. I look forward to working with Chris Alexander.”

Durham said he believes Alexander will contribute to positive change in the commuity. “As a former planning commission member, he (Alexander) has demonstrated the ability to work in a positive way with the members of the planning commission and will bring that ability, to work with our councilmembers to bring positive change.”