Williamson-Morrison defeats Jackson in Rock Hill city council race

Posted October 29, 2013 9:21 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

ann_williamson-morrisonAndrew Kiel | WRHI.com
Ann Williamson-Morrison  has defeated Nikita Jackson in Tuesday’s Ward 5 City Council runoff election.

Williamson-Morrison, a retired flight attended, received 269 votes to Jackson’s 219. Jackson is a sales associate at a medical supply store in Rock Hill.

Tuesday’s runoff followed the October 15 general election, where none of the then-three candidates received a majority of the votes. Mildred Moore, a retired school teacher, received the least amount of votes in the general election and did not succeed to the runoff.

WRHI was the first to inform Williamson-Morrison she had won the race Tuesday.

“I am ecstatic,” Williamson-Morrison said. “It’s been a long, long journey. I’m exhausted. But if I had to do it again, I would.”

Williamson-Morrison succeeds longtime councilman Osbey Roddey, who retires this year after 24 years on Rock Hill City Council to spend more time with his family. Williamson-Morrison said she appreciates Roddey’s service to the city, but will have to blaze her own trail as an elected official.

“We all have our way of doing things and I won’t try to fit in anyone’s shoes,” Williamson-Morrison said. “I have to be who I am.”

Williamson-Morrison will be sworn into office in January with the rest of City Council and the mayor.

Mayor Doug Echols and councilman John Black’s seats were both up for re-election this fall, but those elections were cancelled due to no challengers to the incumbents.

A total of 488 votes were cast Tuesday, a roughly 14% increase in voter turnout from the 426 votes cast in the October 15 race.