There will soon be a new face at the meetings of the Wartrace Board of Mayor and Alderman, and one who has served for decades will be missing.
Scott Claxton, a postal carrier in Wartrace as well as a newspaper carrier for the Times-Gazette, not only won a seat on the board, he took the most votes on his very first venture into political waters.
"I used to do pro wrestling," said Claxton Tuesday night. "They'd joke with me about going from the wrestling ring to the political ring."
The unofficial results show Claxton took 181 votes. Incumbents Jean Gallagher and Thomas Hurt came in second and third respectively, with 144 and 125 votes.
Roston Floyd, who has served as an alderman since the 1970s, was the fourth contender for the three seats and had 111 votes, while Phillip Jackson Smith brought in 91 votes.
"I want to thank everybody in Wartrace and thank my family for sticking with me," Claxton said. "I'm looking forward to working with Mayor Gallagher and the board to get Wartrace going in the right direction."
Both Jean Gallagher and Hurt know Claxton well and look forward to working with him.
"He served on the parks and rec board some years ago," said Gallagher. "I worked with him then."
But both will miss Floyd.
"Roston was there when I first got elected," said Hurt. "I really hate to see him go."
"He's a very good, hard-thinking man," said Gallagher. "He's very quiet, but he's doing a lot of evaluating."
Gallagher was happy with her own return to the board.
"I'm excited that the citizens of Wartrace had enough trust to put me in office for another term," she said. "I look forward to serving the community for the next four years."
Hurt was also grateful and expressed his appreciation for those who have helped him in his campaign.
"I really do want to thank the people who voted for me and supported me all these years," he said. "The town's ready to turn the corner and get something going. It's time for Wartrace to shine."
Down the road in Normandy, Susan Sharrock Quick won a spot on the board of mayor and aldermen, as did Beth Meerdink on a write-in ballot. Quick had 21 votes and Meerdink had 8.