City Council member Hollie Cost, right, celebrates her new position as Montevallo's mayor with fellow City Council member Dee Woodham, Matt Woodham and Barry Woodham at Eclipse Coffe and Books Oct. 9. (Reporter photo/Christine Boatwright)

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Montevallo has a new mayor

Published 8:51pm Tuesday, October 9, 2012

By CHRISTINE BOATWRIGHT / Staff Writer

MONTEVALLO – City Council member Hollie Cost was elected Montevallo’s next mayor in the Oct. 9 run-off election.

Cost, a current city council member, earned 452 votes to McCrory’s 394. City Clerk Herman Lehman said the election resulted in 11 provisional ballots, not enough to affect the outcome.

“I appreciate the support of everybody,” Cost said. “I’m still in shock a little bit. I’m incredibly honored to serve the city I love so much.

“This is really only the beginning,” she added.

Cost emphasized how important the city’s relationship with the university and the county is, and how she looks to build upon that relationship.

McCrory said he wished there had been a larger turnout from districts apart from Cost’s district 4.

“I’ve enjoyed being the mayor of Montevallo,” McCrory said. “With the last four years as mayor and six before that (as Montevallo Chamber president), I’ve given the last 10 years of my life in Montevallo.

“I wish the results had been different, but I congratulate her on the win,” he added.

In the Aug. 28 municipal election, Cost saw 348 votes, while McCrory only saw 254. Cost was only 22 votes away from the majority vote in the first election.

Don Hughes beat Jason Peterson for Montevallo City Council district 4.

Hughes had 111 votes to Peterson’s 99.

Hughes, a longtime resident of Montevallo, said his experience earned him the position.

“I think the citizens in my district appreciated my being city administrator, county manager and public works director and that I carry on that knowledge through the next four years of the city,” Hughes said.

Peterson, senior microcomputer specialist at the University of Montevallo, said he hopes to continue working with the city to “make Montevallo a better place.”

“That’s why I got into this in the first place,” Peterson said.

The Montevallo City Council will be made up of Rusty Nix in the District 1 seat, Willie Goldsmith representing District 2, Sharon Gilbert in the District 3 seat, Don Hughes in the District 4 seat and Dee Woodham representing District 5.

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