Write-in candidate wins seat in Independence

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INDEPENDENCE — A surprise write-in candidate won one of three Independence Town Council seats in the May 4 election.

Independence residents elected a mayor and three council members last Tuesday.

Of the 86 write-in votes cast by citizens, 42 wrote in votes for Jeremy Walters.

That was enough to oust council member Cecil Adams, who received the lowest number of votes, 36.

Also elected were W. F. “Buddy” Halsey, former vice mayor, with 43 votes and Tom E. Maxwell, current vice mayor, with 44 votes.

Citizens reelected incumbent Mayor E. F. “Butch” Reeves with 62 votes. He ran unopposed.

Town Council Member R.C. Cox received 38 write-in votes.

Council members serve four-year terms.

Seventy-seven of the town's 548 registered voters cast ballots in the municipal election, or 14 percent.