Huntsville Mayoral Candidates Cast Their Ballots

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Voter turnout in the Tennessee Valley is steady for municipal elections. Some voters even called it a good turnout, between 7 a.m. to Noon on Tuesday.

In Huntsville, Mayor Tommy Battle was the last of the three mayoral candidates vying for the city's top spot to vote.

Former Mayor Loretta Spencer showed up just after seven o'clock at the fire station on Monte Sano Boulevard to cast her ballot.  She served three terms as mayor, before Battle unseated her in 2008.

Political watchdog Jackie Reed voted a few hours later at the West Huntsville Church at Governors Drive and 14th Street.  She has run for the mayor's office several times in the past and keeps a close eye on how and where local government spends tax dollars.

Reed went head-to-head with Mayor Battle in the WHNT NEWS 19 Debate Doubleheader two weeks ago, which Spencer missed due to a prior engagement.

And Mayor Battle did his civic duty at the First Baptist Church in Huntsville around 11 am.
He and his wife Eula voted together. 

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Battle is hoping to win a second term to lead the city for the next four years.

Each of the candidates were in good spirits and feeling good about the results of the election, with plenty of reasons why each is the right person for the job.

"Anybody could live off the three and a half years I did," said Spencer. "I left $24 million in reserves, so the thing is I would like to get back in and be a little more conservative, budget conscious and then bring in retail and industry."

"Big money doesn't do anything for the little people," said Reed. "I believe the little people are going to come out this time and it's going to be a new day and a new start."

"I'm feeling real good," said Battle. "It's great to finally have the vote and get the election over and starting moving ahead with the next four years."

People watching the polls described turnout as good.  Four years ago, turnout was reportedly only 28 percent.

Polls will be open until 7 pm. We'll have the results tonight on WHNT News 19 as soon as they come in.  Also, watch live special election coverage from 8 to 10 p.m. on WHNT2.  The coverage continues on WHNT News 19 at 10 p.m. on our main channel, WHNT.

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