Voters return to the polls Tuesday for runoff in Forest Park | Clayton News Daily

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Voters return to the polls Tuesday for runoff in Forest Park | Clayton News Daily

FOREST PARK — Voters go back to the polls Tuesday to elect officials to fill four-year terms in wards 1 and 2.

Ward 2 has been vacant since council members ousted Karen-Brandee Williams in July 2011. Ward 1 was filled in a special election in March after Councilwoman Sparkle Adams gave up the seat to make an unsuccessful bid for mayor in the same election.

However, the term ends in December so the winner, Tommy Smith, has to run a second time if he wants the seat for four more years.

Forest Park Elections Superintendent Charity Woods said early and absentee voting isn’t as brisk as it was for the Nov. 5 election.

“It’s definitely slower than the General Election,” she said. “We were getting about 100 early votes a week and now we’re doing about half that. Absentee votes have also dwindled off.”

Part of the reason is that the mayor’s race is citywide where the wards are restricted to the residents who live in them. The mayor’s race was decided Nov. 5.

Smith is facing challenger Kimberly James. Newcomer Luke Gawel faces Dabouze Antoine for Ward 2.

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