Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Hall Wins Helena Mayor
Helena Mayor Changes
Congrats to Mark Hall for the win and Thank you to Sonny Penhale for his years of service.
Charles W."Sonny" Penhale served on the Helena City Council until elected Mayor in 1968. Since then he has served 44 years in that position. I have been told that he is one of the longest serving Mayor in Alabama history but it changed tonight when former Helena Police Chief Mark Hall, won the office. The results according to the election tapes shows
63 % Mark Hall 2,087
37% Penhale 1,234
The total votes was 3,321 which was more people than who voted in the general election. Traditionally, runoff elections are smaller than the general election. It will be a big change for Helena since the majority of the City Council is changing as well. Also the census changes the Helena form of Government, where the Mayor does not sit with the council anymore. The Mayor will have the power to veto but the council will control the agenda and the finances.
The actually change of government will occur in November when the new City Council and Mayor are sworn in. I hope now that this is over that the healing can begin and everyone will work together.
Here are the local news stories. I will updated as more are posted
First Time in 44 Years
Longtime Mayors Ousted
Voter pick Hall over Penhale
Posted by Hewy NoSleep at 10/10/2012