BEAR CREEK - The main focus of newly elected Bear Creek mayor Rob Taylor is unity and moving a town that is seemingly divided forward.
Taylor, making his first run for public office, was elected new mayor of Bear Creek in the Tuesday, Oct. 6 run-off elections, soundly defeating incumbent Tammie Rowe Batchelor by a vote of 161 to Batchelor’s 139.
Bear Creek votes were tallied Tuesday night at the town’s only polling site, the Bobby Bishop Community Center, as two distinct crowds gathered in the parking lot outside.
On the left side of the parking lot were supporters of Batchelor, complete with her voting and support signs, while the supporters of Taylor gathered on the right side of the parking lot with his support signs.
As anticipation grew and those from each crowd began gathering closer to the door, Town Clerk Jamie Green in the presence of Police Chief Joey Franks, came outside and read the results of both the mayor’s race as well as town council place 1.
In the race for place 1, James Weeks had 166 votes to defeat his opponent Mark Cofield’s 129 votes.
See complete story in the Northwest Alabamian.