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Adams, Lockhart in runoff for mayor

Ward 1 goes to Smith

FOREST PARK — Sparkle Adams and David Lockhart are in a runoff for mayor and Tommy Smith is the apparent winner in Ward 1, according to unofficial election results Tuesday.

Smith will be sworn in April 1, just before the regular 7 p.m. meeting, said City Manager John Parker.

“We just gotta get to work now,” said Smith.

Adams stepped down as Ward 1 representative Feb. 1 to run for mayor after Corine Deyton retired in October with about a year left in her term. Lockhart is an attorney who has tried his hand at politics before.

Adams said she appreciated the votes and looks forward to the runoff, which will be held April 16. Lockhart joked that he is still accepting donations.

“Seriously, I hope to continue a clean race,” he said, adding that he is glad voters have alternatives.

According to unofficial tallies, Lockhart got 336 votes, followed by Adams with 258, John Finch with 94 and Dabouze Antoine with 85.

In Ward 1, Smith garnered 100 votes to James’ 85, according to unofficial results. The two have matched up before, both losing to Adams.

Each seat’s term expires Dec. 31, so Smith and whoever wins the mayor’s seat will have to run in November to stay in office. The Ward 2 seat will also be on the ballot. That seat has been vacant since July 2011.

Linda Lord is mayor pro tem, an appointed position that rotates based on seniority. Maudie McCord and Latresa Akins represent the city as Council members.