By Faye Gaston

A special called meeting of the Union Springs City Council was held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at the Union Springs Recreation Center. Present were council members Earl Hinson, Brian Agnew, and Stan Cooks. Absent were Roderick Clark and Deborah Hicks Milan.

Union Springs Mayor Saint T. Thomas, Jr. prayed the invocation and led the pledge to the USA flag. City Clerk Presetta "Necee" Walker gave the roll call. She opened the box of Provisional ballots and read the votes on three ballots. The 2020 Municipal election was held on August 25, 2020. Ms. Walker read the official totals of votes for each candidate.

Evelyn Smart, candidate for Place No. 4 on the City Council, made extended remarks to the Union Springs City Council, stating reasons that the winning candidate Louis J. Murry was not qualified to be a candidate in the Municipal Election. She said a candidate signs the qualifying forms that he/she has been a resident of the City of Union Springs for at least 90 days.

She said Murry lives in Great Hope community, near Midway. "It is not about where you are registered to vote, but where you actually live. It is not about winning or losing; it is about right or wrong." She said she had texts and phone calls about Murry not being qualified. She also has questions about the legality of some absentee voting. "It is up to the City Council to disqualify him, but I am going to make phone calls for advice about what to do next. I will be an advocate."

Mayor Thomas read Resolution No. 2020-19 containing the Canvassing results of the 2020 Municipal Election. He read the Certificates of Election as he presented them to the winning candidates with a handshake to each: Eugene Faulk, Place No. 1; Faye Mason Thorpe, Place No. 3, and Louis J. Murry, Place No. 4.

Photos were made of the presentation of certificates by Faye Gaston for the Union Springs Herald newspaper and by Police Chief Danny Jackson.

There will be a run-off election on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, between candidates Roderick Clark and Stan Cooks for Union Springs Mayor.

Mayor Thomas had presented Certificates of Election on August 3, 2020, to Derrick L. Harris for Place No. 5 and Rev. Louis E. Pugh for Place No. 2 because they had no opposition at the closing date of qualifying to be a candidate.

The staff of the Union Springs Recreation Center served lunch to the people present at the Called City Council meeting.

The complete official results of votes for each candidate in the 2020 Municipal election were published in the September 2, 2020, Herald newspaper. This was Resolution #2020-19, Canvassing Results of August 25, 2020 Municipal Election.

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