Harris, Reddick win runoff contests to complete transformation of Anniston City Council
by Laura Camper
lcamper@annistonstar.com
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David Reddick, left, and Millie Harris speak to supporters Tuesday night at their respective election parties after they won their runoffs for Anniston City Council. (Anniston Star photos by Stephen Gross)
David Reddick, left, and Millie Harris speak to supporters Tuesday night at their respective election parties after they won their runoffs for Anniston City Council. (Anniston Star photos by Stephen Gross)
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Anniston voters completed a makeover of the City Council on Tuesday, picking two new names to add to a roster that is wholly different from the one elected four years ago.

Millie Harris won a runoff for the Ward 4 council seat over incumbent Marcus Dunn, while David Reddick defeated Sheffton Goodson in a runoff to replace a three-term incumbent.

Harris, in her first bid for office, pulled 60 percent of the vote for the council’s Ward 4 seat, and was surprised by her win Tuesday evening.

“I worked at Golden Springs, I was there this morning from 7:30 on and I really felt like I was going to lose,” Harris said.

But as she celebrated with friends Tuesday night at the Peerless Grille, Harris said she was excited to get started.

She had been gathering input from constituents all day and now is ready to “zoom into their interests,” Harris said.

With Harris’ defeat of Dunn, only one incumbent survived the 2012 elections. Ward 1’s Jay Jenkins is the only currently serving council member to retain his seat. He was appointed in January to fill the unexpired term of John Spain, who resigned. Newcomer Seyram Selase defeated three-term incumbent Ben Little in Ward 3 in the Aug. 28 election, while Mayor-elect Vaughn Stewart bested a field of 10 other candidates, including incumbent Gene Robinson.

In Ward 2, Reddick, a candidate in 2008, won this time with 65 percent of the vote over Sheffton Goodson. The two had finished ahead of three-term incumbent Herbert Palmore in August.

Reddick said Tuesday night he was “humbled and grateful and tired.” As he thanked supporters gathered at the Annistonian Restaurant, he told them he planned to take a few days off to recuperate.

“I’m tired,” Reddick told them. “If my phone is off in a dead zone, I’m alright.”

Reddick, the local president of the NAACP, said he wants to unite Anniston and make it great again.

Although neither Reddick nor Harris mentioned the public discord among those elected to the council in 2008, it seemed to be guiding their plans.

Harris, a long-time volunteer with the city and an animal rights activist, said she is hoping the new council members will take a retreat before they are sworn into office.

“That’s going to be our first order of business is to talk to the other, to communicate with the other council members,” Harris said.

Reddick agreed a retreat might be a good way to build understanding between the new members.

“If you take everybody and you let everybody share their vision and their dreams with the group,” Reddick said, “we can come out and I know what each person’s passion is, they know what my passion is, I think we’ll be a more unified force, a more unified city.”

Star staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.
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