Unofficial election results show a new face joining Bethel City Council. Rose “Sugar” Henderson will fill former council member Hugh Dyment’s seat. Mayor Perry Barr and council member Michelle DeWitt will return for two more years.
Barr received the most votes, with 258, and DeWitt was close behind with 253. Henderson received 199 votes, while 186 residents voted for a write-in candidate. The only certified write-in candidate was Conrad “CJ” McCormick.
The turnout for this year’s election was low. Counting ballots cast during early voting and on election day, less than 11% of registered voters in Bethel participated in this year’s election. The coronavirus pandemic likely played a role in the low turnout, along with the fact that there were no ballot measures.
These unofficial results have not been canvassed, and do not include results from absentee, questioned, special needs, or by-mail ballots. The Canvass Board will meet Oct. 8, and the Bethel City Council will meet on Oct. 13 to certify the election results.