MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Soon, Paul Finley will hand over the reins to a new mayor of Madison - and there's no question who that man will be.
Troy Trulock won the Madison mayoral race on Tuesday with 79 percent of the vote. He beat challenger Don Palmer.
The final vote count was:
- Trulock - 5,383 votes, or 79%
- Palmer - 1,430 votes, or 21%
Trulock and his supporters celebrated the win at Famous Joe's Pizzeria on County Line Road in Madison. This is Trulock's first time running for public office. Trulock says he's humbled and thankful for the opportunity to serve as Madison's next Mayor and plans to hit the ground running.
"Mayor Finley and the city council have done an amazing job for our city," said Finley. "I plan to have a smooth transition with Mayor Finley. One of the number one topics we need to work on is our roads in the city of Madison."
Outgoing Mayor Paul Finley decided not to seek re-election. Finley said he's confident in Trulock's ability to continue moving the city of Madison forward.
"I know we have a quality leader," said Finley.
Palmer conceded to Trulock shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday after early returns showed him suffering a sizable defeat to his rival.
Palmer said getting in the race five months after Trulock put him at an immediate disadvantage, with much of Madison' military and business community throwing early support behind the now mayor-elect.
"I knew it was an uphill battle for me," said Palmer, who congratulated Trulock on a hard-fought victory. "Troy has been running for quite some time, and he's connected to the military establishment... I think that connection has helped him quite a bit, taking nothing away from him of course."
Palmer said he would not rule out another run at elected office down the road, but planned to return to the private sector for the time being.
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