Palmer re-elected, E-SPLOST passes

Published 9:40 pm Tuesday, November 8, 2011

ELATED AFTER HER WIN in Tuesday’s municipal election, Bainbridge City Councilwoman Roslyn Palmer—who was first elected to the Council in 1987—celebrates with her daughter, Mycla.

Bainbridge City Councilwoman Roslyn Palmer was re-elected by a large margin in Tuesday’s election.

Palmer had lost her most of her voice, likely due to lots of phone campaigning, but she celebrated the victory with her daughter, Mycla—who was a small child when her mother was first elected in 1987.

Palmer garnered 702 votes, or 83.18 percent of the total ballots cast, while her opponent,Willie Lamb Sr., received 142 votes, or 16.82 percent.

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“I want to thank the people who turned out to vote,” Palmer said after learning of the final vote count. “I appreciate their support and look forward to serving the City of Bainbridge for another four years.”

Lamb, who runs a wooden pallet business but is also a minister, said he was proud to have run a clean campaign, something Palmer also acknowledged and thanked him for.

“I appreciate all the people who voted for me,” Lamb said. “This is just the beginning. I enjoyed doing it and plan to run again.”

In the other notable item on Tuesday’s ballot, the one-cent sales tax for local education (E-SPLOST) passed, with 1351 people (or 82.43 percent) voting yes and only 288 (or 17.57 percent) voting against it.

In the only other contested race, for Brinson City Council Post 1, incumbent Franklin Faircloth defeated his opponent, Lamont Bullock. Faircloth had 40 votes, or 76.92 percent, to Bullock’s 12 votes, or 23.08 percent. Incumbent Brinson Mayor James Earp and Brinson Councilman Joe H. Belvin were both re-elected without opposition.

For the other two Bainbridge City Council posts that were on the ballot, long-time Councilman Luther Conyers and Councilman Dean Burke were both re-elected without opposition.