Ozark mayoral candidates prepare for runoff election

Ozark mayoral candidates prepare for runoff election

OZARK, AL (WSFA) - Campaigning is not over for two mayoral candidates in Ozark.

Mike Barefield and Bob Bunting will compete to be the next Mayor of Ozark in a runoff election in six weeks.

In Tuesday's municipal election, Barefield led the race with 1,170 votes and Bunting was right behind him with 1,133 votes.

A runoff is necessary for the race because none of the three candidates received 50 percent of votes. They were hoping for a new mayor
to be announced for Ozark Tuesday night.

"When you have three good candidates, and I think all three of us were good candidates, I think we all had Ozark's best interest in mind so you know there's going to probably be a runoff," Barefield said.

Bunting was out of town on Wednesday, but last week when we spoke to him he hoped there wouldn't be a runoff.

"I'm not looking forward to a runoff because it's gruesome out there. Maybe the September weather will be a little bit better than August weather; I attempted to knock on all and every door I could find," Bunting said.

Both candidates have things they plan to tackle as soon as they're elected.

"Billy Blackwell has done a great job as our mayor and I've enjoyed serving with him. He's put us on the right track on economic development, especially in retail development and I would like to take that and run with it with our economic development committee," Barefield said.

The runoff election for Ozark is scheduled for October.

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