Dwight Mathis Elected Mayor of Liberty

August 2, 2013
Dwayne Page
Dwight Mathis

Dwight Mathis was elected Mayor of Liberty Thursday.

Mathis received 32 votes in the municipal election. He was unopposed.

Meanwhile Incumbent Alderman Howard Reynolds, Jr. was also re-elected unopposed. He received 30 votes. The terms of office become effective with the next council meeting, Monday August 5.

Since the election was uncontested, voting was done by paper ballot. "The law states any municipality with a population of five thousand (5,000) or less may elect to use paper ballots instead of voting machines for municipal elections when there is no opposition for any of the offices involved (on the ballot)," said Administrator of Elections Dennis Stanley. "Liberty did choose to use paper ballots, rather than voting machines, which will save the town approximately $1,200," he said.

The city government is now made up of Mayor Dwight Mathis and Aldermen Howard Reynolds, Jr. Paul M. Neal, and Jason H. Ray.

Mathis and Jarrett Pistole have held the other two aldermen seats. Those positions will remain vacant until the remaining aldermen appoint persons to fill them.

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