Albertville Mayor-Elect Surprised to Win Without Run-off

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ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Tracy Honea hoped to qualify for a runoff.

Instead, he won outright.

"I was expecting a runoff," he said.

"I wasn't sure who was going to be in the run off, but I was not expecting the outcome as it came."

Honea received 1,587 votes, 54 percent of the vote which was split among four candidates.

Larry Hillsman, who was mayor from 1992 to 2004, came in second with 22 percent and current mayor Lindsay Lyons received 20 percent of the vote.  Joe Hartline came in fourth.

"I thought for certain that the mayor's race being a four-man race, that it was likely to go to a runoff," council member Nathan Broadhurst said.

Honea said he is appreciative of the result, and pleased he does not have additional campaigning to do for a runoff.

He said there is a lot of work to be done, as he and four out of the five council members will be new to city hall.

Broadhurst was the only council member to retain his seat.

"I'm excited to be able to work with all these folks, 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.

"We've all got to really roll our sleeves up and figure out some new ways to increase some revenue, and I think through that it's going to take a lot of teamwork," he said.

"That's something I'm certainly willing to do and I feel like the new folks coming on is going to be willing to do the same thing."

He is already a busy man, as a real estate agent in Albertville in addition to owning Honea Motors.

He said he has a good support system in place, with co-workers prepared to make adjustments that are necessary to him getting the job done as mayor.

"Mayor is a seven day a week job," he said.

"I think for anybody that knows me, knows my work ethic, and i'm certainly committed to putting in whatever time is necessary to get the job done."

 

Honea said he plans to focus on industry and bringing in some higher paying jobs.

He said the council will also need to look outside the box and find creative ways to bring in new retail.

 

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