Calera set for mayoral runoff

Published 9:13 pm Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A runoff between Jon Graham and Bobby Joe Phillips will be needed to decide Calera’s next mayor.

Graham earned 793 votes (45 percent), while Phillips gathered 532 votes (30 percent).

Hank Lucas had 272 votes and Joey Wideman received 174 votes.

“Tomorrow we will be headed back out to the streets,” Graham said. “I believe people want to see a change.”

Graham, 38, is owner of an automotive repair shop and a real estate company. He said he felt optimistic about his chances in a runoff.

“We are going to start a new day in Calera,” Graham said. “I hope to make Calera one of the most desirable places to live, work and play.”

Phillips said he will try to make up ground by focusing on issues like city infrastructure and highlighting his experience.

“I’m going get out here and work hard and get people to elect the best man for the job,” Phillips said.

Phillips, 71, worked more than 40 years with ABC Rail in Calera and is now the city’s water board chairman.

“I’ve got 30 years of experience working for this city,” Phillips said. “I can carry this city on forward and to where it should be.”

In city council elections:

District 1: Chris Bunn defeated incumbent Jerry Davis, 242 to 143.

District 2: In the city’s tightest race, incumbent Ernest Montgomery lost to political newcomer Eric Synder, 169 to 167.

District 4: There will be a runoff between David Bradshaw, who received 199 votes, and Brad Frasure, who earned 121 votes. Susan Alexander had 74 votes and Darrell Fixler 55.

District 5: Incumbent Mike Roberson won re-election with 263 votes, while Alan Watts had 159 and Brent Burgress 17.