Irondale mayor defeats city councilman to keep his seat

The runoff for Irondale mayor and city council district 1 brought out more voters than the August election. An estimated 21 hundred people voted. The majority said{}"yes"{}to keeping Mayor Tommy Joe Alexander in office and welcoming John London to the council.

The candidates stood outside city hall with their supporters and listened as the results were read more than thirty minutes after the poll closed. Mayor Tommy Joe Alexander got 1,071 votes and his opponent, Irondale City Councilman John Stewart got 1,050.

Stewart had hoped to make history by being the city's first African American mayor.

"Since I've been in this race, I've said things will happen according to God's will and at this time in my life, it wasn't in God's will for me to be in that particular place," he said.

After Alexander shook Stewart's hand, he said it would be his last term in office.

"After this term, I'm going to retire because I am too old and it takes a lot of you to do a race like this," he said.

Alexander says he wants to see some projects finished during his final term. That includes widening Grants Mill Road to four lanes, seeing Grants Mill Station renovated, and welcoming a new rehabilitation center and adult day care in the old Haverty's store.

The mayor also took a few minutes after his win to speak to John London.

London defeated Keith Andrews for the city council district 1 seat. The vote was 318 to 241.