As a member of the Board of Aldermen, Gregory Harris has been involved with decisions for the Town of Chatham for a long time. As result of the election this past Tuesday he will continue to make a difference for eastern Jackson Parish residents only he will now be sitting in a different chair – the one reserved for the Mayor.
Chatham residents were obviously pleased with the past work done by Harris as a councilman and the direction that he now has planned for the town as he took 141 of the 230 votes cast to outpoll the former Mayor Dwight Cooper (55 votes) and political newcomer Ashlay Blanco who ended with 34 votes.
A new Board of Aldermen was also elected in Chatham where six candidates were vying for five seats. Laverne Mixon was the top vote getter with 149 ballots earned followed by Mike Wilson (107), Marvin A. Davis (102), Sue Proffer (101) and Tonja “Toni” Malone (94). Brian Blanco was the odd man out with 68 votes.
In the two races for the Justice of the Peace both victors won by landslides. In District C it was Eddie Waggoner who gained 1677 of the 2114 votes cast with Matt Palmer coming in a distant second with 256 votes. John Mize was named on 191 ballots. In other Ronnie Clay Madere beat Tommy Faber by a 788-161 margin to claim the District A seat.