| Add your comment, This week, Clanton Skating Rink turns 60 years old. Rex D. Bittle was the only qualifying candidate and will be serving another term. The Mayor's Office houses the highest-ranking government official in Clanton. Conservative to the core, churches are at the heart of the community, where many spend their whole lives. A longtime mayor in Alabama has died of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). With mourners’ chairs spread apart and paper peaches hanging overhead, Cook got up to speak. No one may be elected or appointed to a judicial office after reaching the age of 70. There will be a runoff for the position of mayor between incumbent Robert Hight, who had received 204 votes, and Tiffany Collins Hammock, who had received 154 votes. Most weekdays you’d find Driver working at a first-floor conference table at Clanton City Hall, and many nights he’d eat at Green’s Small Town Diner with friends. Mizzell (49 votes) and Robert Culp (8 votes). Cook recalled the way Driver would often hear out a citizen’s request for help, perhaps say he couldn’t do something, then add: “’Let me see what I can do.”’ More often than not, Cook said, Driver came through. Clanton has had the same mayor for 36 years, and the Thorsby race was the most contested race with four candidates running. More than a half-dozen relatives caught it in all, including the mayor’s brother, Don, who is still recovering. Nearby Lay Lake Dam and Mitchell Dam became Alabama Power's first two dams in the state, bringing economic improvements to the area. Alabaster — Scott Brakefield elected as mayor of Alabaster by Reshad Hudson & Landon Wexler; Anniston — Run-off election to be held in Anniston mayoral race by Autumn Bracey; Carbon Hill — April Kennedy-Herron elected Carbon Hill mayor by Landon Wexler; Clanton — Clanton to elect a new mayor for the first time in 36 years by Landon Wexler Her veto was overridden by … “I think with Mayor Driver’s death, it opened people’s eyes and they realized, ‘I could be next with this.”’, Vanessa McKinney said Driver’s death “devastated our community.”. Clanton has had the same mayor for 36 years, and the Thorsby race was the most contested race with four candidates running. Polls will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM Central Time. Incumbent Bobby Cook had received 140 votes and will not be serving another term. CLANTON, Ala. - It seemed like Billy Joe Driver, 84, was always around in this Alabama city after 36 years as mayor. Driver joined the volunteer fire department and was elected to Clanton City Council, where he spent 12 years, before running for mayor and winning on his first try in 1984. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed. Incumbent Chasity Cleckler Chapman will be serving another term after winning the election with 217 votes. Must be licensed to practice law in Alabama. This budget, Army is working on Frankenbots with living tissue to better robot capabilities, Permanent telework arrangements, COVID-19 vaccinations top NTEU's priority list for 2021, Census Bureau director to resign amid criticism over data, New House bill would block Schedule F, and anything else like it. Located halfway between Birmingham and Montgomery, Clanton is a city of about 8,800 people that’s best-known for agriculture — its exit off Interstate 65 is marked by a water tower shaped like a giant peach. Samuel E. Reed was the only qualifying candidate and will be serving another term. On Fridays it was lunch at the local senior center, and Wednesday night and Sunday meant worship at his church, Temple Assembly of God. Billy Joe Driver, 84, who was mayor of Clanton, Alabama, for 36 years died of coronavirus. He’s the interim mayor until a newly elected mayor, Jeff Mims, takes over in November. After losing their mayor of 36 years, Billy Joe Driver, to COVID-19 last month, two well-known figures in the peach hotspot began their campaigns. Jeff Mims will take on the position of mayor for Clanton. Neil Benson was the only qualifying candidate and will be serving another term. The organization is ... AL political parties. Donna Manasco won the District 1 race with 60 votes (75%). CLANTON, Ala. (AP) — It seemed like Billy Joe Driver, 84, was always around in this Alabama city after 36 years as mayor.Most weekdays you'd find Driver working at a first-floor conference table at Clanton City Hall, and many nights he'd eat at Green’s Small Town Diner with friends. Most weekdays you'd find Driver working at a first-floor conference table at Clanton City Hall, and many nights he'd eat at Green's Small Town Diner with friends. | Add your comment, Published 7:55 pm Tuesday, August 25, 2020. Copyright © 2021 by WTOP. Hayes, who’s a nurse, was herself sick with a milder case of COVID-19 by then; she believes she got it days earlier while helping her father work on a door. Glenn Littleton was the only qualifying candidate and will be serving another term. Incumbent Marvin Crumpton received 204 votes to win re-election against. Candidate Jermaine Rhino McGee received 185 votes. Find your polling location at AlabamaVotes.gov. The Office of the Clanton Mayor provides information on Clanton government programs, government policies, and Clanton boards and commissions. However, the Thorsby race has gone to a runoff after none of the candidates received the needed 50% plus one vote needed. Jeff Mims will take on the position of mayor for Clanton. Billy Joe Driver, 84, of Clanton, Alabama passed away July 9, 2020 at St. Vincent's in Birmingham, Alabama. Read more “The last thing he said to them was, ‘I’ll see you in heaven. All rights reserved. Robert L. Morris was the only qualifying candidate and will be serving another term. WTOP.com | Alexa | Google Home | WTOP App | 103.5 FM, Trump commutes sentence of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Trump, in dead of night, releases members of his administration from ethics pledge, including lobbying ban, In first hours as president, Biden to sign 15 executive actions reversing Trump policies on climate, immigration, virus, Maryland state, county lawmakers target ghost guns, Presidential Inaugural Committee ‘very confident’ about security measures, Hogan makes education, pandemic relief a priority in next Md. City Councilman Bobby Cook gathered city workers together and announced the death of his longtime friend with tears in his eyes. So about 60 people, all wearing masks and with sanitized hands, gathered last Friday for a memorial service at the senior center where he liked to eat lunch. Directory of Alabama elections. Death of longtime mayor from COVID-19 stuns Alabama town Jay Reeves / AP A person entering a memorial service for Mayor Billy Joe Driver in Clanton, Ala., walks past a … A person entering a memorial service for Mayor Billy Joe Driver in Clanton, Ala., walks past a photo of the longtime public official on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. According to Town Clerk Dawn Smitherman, three provisional ballots were cast for a total of 169 votes, meaning voter turnout was 35%. Driver helped plan roads that residents still travel today. “He was an honest guy.”. Incumbent Sammy Wilson will be serving for another term after receiving 283 votes. Incumbent George Brasher received 24 votes. A runoff election for both districts will be held on Oct. 6 at City Hall, according to City Clerk Debbie Orange. Alabama’s municipal runoff election happened Tuesday, October 6. “You’d see him out riding at night hunting something, and if they had any kind of problem, he’d be out there with them at night,” Driver said. 2020 Clanton, AL Mayor Election news, candidate information, and election results for Alabama voters. Other candidates in the mayoral race had included Chester E. CLANTON, Ala. (WIAT) — Jeff Mims was elected mayor of Clanton. A few days later, mourners huddled around a green tent for a brief graveside service, but something more was needed to acknowledge the man who, for many, was the heart of Clanton. All rights reserved. However, the Thorsby race has gone to a runoff after none of the candidates received the needed 50% plus one vote needed. Most weekdays you’d find Driver working at a first-floor conference table at Clanton City Hall, and many nights he’d eat at Green’s Small … “People had gotten lax on trying to protect everyone else. Candidate. Here are the full results: Incumbents claimed the rest of the City Council seats, as Jeffrey “Doc” Price (415) defeated Danny Carter (166) and … CLANTON, Ala. — It seemed like Billy Joe Driver, 84, was always around in this Alabama city after 36 years as mayor. He never lost a bid for reelection and lived on a shady street in the same small house he bought as a teen after getting that first job. Candidate Ronnie Richardson Paker received 75 votes, and Margaret Hawkins received 26 votes. Hospitalized in Clanton and his condition worsening, Driver got his daughter to help him call City Council members, his pastor, a city supervisor, and others — 12 people in all — to say goodbye by phone before he was transferred to a hospital in Birmingham to be put on a ventilator. The current members of the U.S. Senate from Alabamaare: To view a map of U.S. House districts in Alabama and find your representative, click here. website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area. CLANTON, Ala. (AP) — It seemed like Billy Joe Driver, 84, was always around in this Alabama city after 36 years as mayor. Mayoral races in Clanton and Thorsby were potentially some of the most watched races. Alabama candidates for Governor, state reps and Congress (Senators / House of Representatives). Mary Mell Smith was the only qualifying candidate and will be serving another term. Voting info. “We were taking it serious before, but after that, it really shook us to the core,” said McKinney, who runs Chilton Senior Connections, the senior center that Driver helped create in an old store and visited regularly. He was born November 16, 1935 in Clanton, Alabama, and was the son of the late Joseph Ress Driver and Ruth Driver. Driver died of the illness in July, forcing a reckoning that’s still rippling through the community. Justin Killingsworth won the election with 282 votes against candidate Kathy Johnson who received 119 votes. He was the Mayor of the City of Clanton. The time crunch was mentioned during the recent debate in Alabama’s fastest-growing city of Fairhope, where Mayor Karin Wilson vetoed the council’s pay raises. Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you. He is the city’s newest mayor-elect in 36 years. “He was just telling them thank you and that he loved them,” she said. Candidate. Chilton County municipalities held local elections Aug. 25. Clanton was named in honor of General James H. Clanton, a brigadier in the Confederate States Army, and was incorporated on April 23, 1873. Driver joined the volunteer fire department and was elected to Clanton City Council, where he spent 12 years, before running for mayor and winning on his first try in 1984. District 1 and District 2 for the City of Clanton did not have a candidate that received the necessary 50% plus one vote to win. CLANTON, Ala. (AP) — It seemed like Billy Joe Driver, 84, was always around in this Alabama city after 36 years as mayor. Donnie Lane won the District 2 seat with 21 votes (65%). It seemed like Billy Joe Driver, 84, was always around in this Alabama city after 36 years as mayor. Mims beat out his opponent, Jeffrey ‘Doc’ Price, 1,298 to 905 votes. Many are staying home more than they did early in the pandemic. Patty Crocker was the only qualifying candidate and will be serving another term. In the runoff for District 2 will be Wade Watley, who had received 209 votes, and Barry Baker who had received 155 votes. On Fridays it was lunch at the local senior center, and Wednesday night and Sunday meant worship at his church, Temple Assembly of God. | Add your comment, By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor Many of the members at Maplesville Volunteer Fire and Rescue have been with the department for several years. The mayor and four City Council seats were up for grabs in Clanton, as elections took place on Tuesday. “The man had more in his head about what was going on in the city than you could write in a book,” Cook said. (P.O.) Hal Harrison was the only qualifying candidate and will be serving another term. The Clanton Fire Department informed townspeople what had happened in a message on its Facebook page. Read more The death of a longtime mayor has brought about a … — For the first time since 1984, the city of Clanton will elect a new mayor. John Caudle was the only qualifying candidate and will be serving another term. Each has ... He was 84. Read more Sheila Hall was the only qualifying candidate and will be serving another term. Don Driver, the younger brother of the late Mayor Billy Joe Driver, holds a photo of the longtime public official after a memorial service in Clanton, Ala., on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. “It was the worst time of my life.”. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. He was 84. Born in Clanton in 1935, when Alabama’s economy was mainly agricultural and many roads weren’t paved, Driver finished high school and went to work at age 18 for the county engineering department, said younger brother Don Driver, 75. No one is positive how Driver was infected with the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 — it could have been at a city meeting — but he began feeling badly around Father’s Day weekend in June, said daughter Kim Driver Hayes, who lived next door to her dad with her husband. Candidate Tim Jones had received 63 votes. The Clay City Council meets at City Hall . The new coronavirus is just as dangerous in central Alabama as in New York City, people now know, and older folks who were close to Driver look askance these days at others who flout Alabama’s mandatory mask rule in stores or at high school football games. The mayor didn’t get better and died on July 9. Jeff Mims will be the new mayor of Clanton after securing 1,298 votes in the election. Baker was also elected first mayor of the town. All that visibility meant people noticed when Driver disappeared from public in June, and friends bowed in prayer when word got out he was sick with what many had assumed was a big-city disease, COVID-19. Be ready to go.’”. W.C. Hayes Jr. won the mayoral race receiving 103 votes (60%). Richard Davis was the only qualifying candidate and will be serving another term. The Mayor and the City Council Click on any one of the contacts below to view more details and to be able to contact them. Driver joined the volunteer fire department and was elected to Clanton City Council, where he spent 12 years, before running for mayor and winning on his first try in 1984. In the runoff for District 1 will be between Danny Carter, who had received 274 votes, and Billy Singleton, who had received 245. Awlahjaday Agee will be returning to his spot on the Council after receiving 145 votes. AL primary and election races. However, only one of the seats will have a new occupant, which came in District 4 where Awlahjaday “Day” Agee defeated incumbent Greg DeJarnett with 181 votes to 95. Driver's death of COVID-19 shocked the central Alabama community, where residents say many people thought the illness caused by the new coronavirus was a big-city problem until he succumbed. The runoff election will be held Oct. 6 at Town Hall, according to Town Clerk Crystal Smith. Losing the best-known person in town to a disease that had seemed so distant was a wake-up call for Clanton, friend Sammy Wyatt said. Former mayor James Perkins Jr — and Councilwoman Miah Jackson are vying for the mayor office in the… Tallassee Mayor Charged with Harassment in Road Rage Incident Alabama News Network Staff , CLANTON, Ala. (AP) — It seemed like Billy Joe Driver, 84, was always around in this Alabama city after 36 years as mayor. “I got to see him about 30 minutes before he passed away,” Hayes said. 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