NOLANVILLE — Despite a low voter turnout Tuesday, Duane G. Hampton defeated Robert Meeks in a runoff election for the unexpired Seat 4 term on the City Council in what could be considered a landslide victory.
Hampton received 75 votes to Meeks’ 11, according to unofficial election results.
Sixty-five people cast their ballots in early voting — 56 for Hampton and nine for Meeks, with just 21 voting Tuesday at J.W. Sims Community Center, City Secretary Ginger Metcalf said.
Although Meeks earned more votes than Hampton in the Nov. 6 election, he failed to earn a majority, and the runoff election was called.
Hampton has served in the Seat 4 slot since November 2011, when he was appointed to the council following the resignation of Councilman Miguel A. Aviles.
Hampton attributed his win to voters discovering the moral differences between himself and his opponent, referring to Meeks’ Oct. 10 arrest on charges of aggravated assault, evading arrest and resisting arrest following an early-morning domestic call.
“Before, people didn’t know what happened, and this time the word got spread around,” Hampton said.
Tuesday night, Meeks said he was not disappointed about the election results and extended congratulations to Hampton.
Meeks said he will not run for election again on the city level but does plan to run for county commissioner in two years. “My political career is just starting.”
As for Hampton, he has no aspirations of running for a higher office but said he will run for re-election when the Seat 4 term expires next year.
“I’m just trying to make a difference in the community,” he said.