TALLADEGA, Ala. (WIAT) — The mayoral election in Talladega has been called and will now go to a runoff.
Six candidates started out Tuesday vying for votes to become mayor of Talladega. Now, only two remain: Timothy Ragland and incumbent Jerry Cooper.
Mayor Cooper received 45% of the vote while Ragland claimed 28%. While this is a rather large difference in the votes, a candidate must receive 50% of the votes in order to avoid a runoff.
Both candidates had strong words for each other.
“I plan to do more than cut ribbons and sign proclamations that’s for sure,” Ragland said.
“Well, I’d like for him to tell me how he’d do the opposite when the state of Alabama says he can’t. Is he above the state of Alabama?” Mayor Cooper said.
Voters will now decide between the two Oct. 8. The winner of the election will take office Nov. 4.
Election results are shown below: