Albertville Voters Elect Only One of Five Incumbents
ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Albertville voters hit the reset button Tuesday.
Not a single person elected in 2008 was voted back into office.
Nathan Broadhurst, the incumbent in place five, retained his seat on the council, but he was a 2010 replacement for an outgoing council member.
“I’m not just overwhelmingly shocked that the citizens wanted to make a change,” Broadhurst said about the defeats of his fellow council members.
“I could tell from the very beginning of my service on the council that there was a lot of dissatisfaction with the way things were going.”
He said the current administration had a lot of things to overcome, including taking officeas the economy took a substantial downturn.
He said there were also some personal issues the council members had to face.
“I think that people really didn’t understand how difficult of a position the current council was put into, especially financially,” he said.
Albertville voters get to vote for candidates in each of five places.
Council president Diane McClendon received 46 percent of the votes in Place 1, incumbent Doug Wood finished third in Place 2 with 24 percent of the vote, and Place 4 incumbent Chuck Ellis received 38 percent of the vote.
Randy Amos did not run for re-election in Place 3.
Twenty percent of voters cast ballots for mayor Lindsey Lyons, 22 percent voted for former three-term mayor Larry Hillsman, and Tracy Honea won that election with 54 percent of the vote.
Honea said he is glad Broadhurst was re-elected.
“I think it’s good that Nathan is going to be coming back on board, and I think he’ll be an asset to the council,” Honea said.
Broadhurst also received 54 percent of the vote, defeating Jill Mitchem and Jimmy Williams.
The Place 5 councilman said it was humbling to be elected for the first time.
The Albertville council selected him from 21 applicants in 2010 when Kerry NeSmith moved out of the city.
“All four of them unanimously supported me in that appointment, and I appreciate their confidence at that time” Broadhurst said.
“It certainly led to the opportunity I have now to serve another four [years].”
Councilman Broadhurst said he thinks one of the reasons voters kept him while replacing the other members is his willingness to be open and transparent with the people on the severity of the issues the city faces.
“A lot of times people in political office feel like that they need to keep certain things out of the public eye for how it may be perceived, how the city at large may be perceived, or how they themselves might be perceived.”
He said he was not necessarily singling out the current council.
“I’ve always felt like the truth is the best way to find a way out and get a positive result. When the people know what is going on, they’ll normally help you make the best position for the community and that’s what I’ve tried to do.”
He is the first and only council member to offer open office hours at city hall, which he said helped him better represent residents.
“I feel like people responded to me looking out for the every day citizen of Albertville and that’s really what carried me through,” he said.
Broadhurst said his priorities are the city’s finances and road paving projects.