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Valley Grande elects 4 new City Council members

Valley Grande will have a new City Council next year.

Four of the five incumbent council members were defeated in Tuesday’s election at Valley Grande Community Center.

Kay Davidson defeated incumbent Tim White in Place 1 497-242. Sara Day defeated incumbent Ronald Sawyer in Place 2. Jane Harris beat incumbent Lamar Morgan 418-302 in Place 3. Robbie Rose beat incumbent Jimmy Johnson 375-348 in Place 5.

Incumbent Tammy Troha survived to a runoff against Bruce Hughes on Oct. 4 for the Place 4 Council Seat. Troha outgained Bruce Hughes 294-284, followed by Beverly Strickland’s 151 votes.

Harris returns to the Valley Grande Council, serving from 2012 to 2016.

“I’ve been on the council before and I enjoyed it,” Harris said.

Huge smiles covered the faces of Davidson and Day as both were flushed with emotion after city clerk Janet Frazier announced the results.

“I’m just super excited to give back to the citizens of Valley Grande,” Day said.

“I’m interested in what’s going on in Valley Grande and I want to give back to the community,” Davidson said.

Robbie Rose said he brings a business approach to the city council.

“I have a small business and I just want to help Valley Grande grow and become successful,” Rose said.

Troha took a unique approach to Tuesday’s election.

“I want to be re-elected and serve the people of Valley Grande, but there are great people in Valley Grande,” Troha said. “It’s a win-win situation.”

All of the incumbent councilmen showed class after the election results were announced, congratulating their opponents.