| By Billy Davis
Batesville voters overwhelmingly elected 35-year-old Teddy Morrow as alderman-at-large in Tuesday’s general election, putting a new candidate in that seat for the first time in 20 years.
Voters on Tuesday also chose to keep the other two ward aldermen who faced opposition in the election.
In the at-large race, Morrow handily defeated Ed Allen, 64, for the open alderman’s seat.
Morrow pulled in 75 percent of the general election vote to Allen’s 22 percent, 1,413 votes to 424, a spread of 989 votes of 1,881 cast.
The at-large seat opened up after five-term Alderman-at-Large Hudson Still gave up the seat to run for mayor.
Morrow advanced to the general election after defeating radio station owner J. Boyd Ingram in a runoff. The two candidates tied in the primary.
Morrow and the city’s four ward aldermen, as well as mayor-elect Jerry Autrey, will be sworn into office July 4.
The at-large alderman’s position pays $14,308 a year while the ward alderman positions pay $12,945 a year.
The Batesville mayor’s office pays $56,381 annually.
At age 35, Morrow is the youngest city official by 21 years. The next youngest official is Autrey, 57.
Morrow stressed economic development and support for Panola Partnership during his campaign, his first run for public office.
Morrow owns two downtown clothing stores, Williams and Stubbs.
He is a member of the Downtown Merchants Association,?Panola Partnership, and is president of J.P. Hudson Park.
The alderman-elect also defended the city’s expenditures on the downtown Square, where Memorial Park was dedicated in recent months and a street overlay is planned.
Morrow is married to the former Allyson Williams. They have three daughters, Mary Jane, 11, Julianna, 9, and Isabella, 2.
A Stubbs employee said the alderman-elect took his family on vacation Wednesday and could not be reached for comment. They were set to return to Batesville Thursday.
In other alderman’s races, voters returned incumbents Bill Dugger and Bobbie Jean Pounders to their ward seats.
Dugger and Pounders will return to city government along with Ward 2 Alderman Rufus Manley and Ward 3 Alderman James Yelton.
Manley and Yelton beat Democratic challengers in the primary.
Dugger defeated Republican Danny Jones in the general election, keeping his seat after the incumbent and challenger reportedly ran a gentleman’s race for the seat.
Dugger, who will now serve his third term, pulled in 61 percent of the vote, or 425 votes. Jones pulled in 37 percent of the vote, or 259 votes.
Dugger and Jones stressed economic development and city spending during the campaign.
In Ward 4, four-term incumbent Alderman Bobbie Jean Pounders defeated Republican challenger Michael Harbour. Harbour was making his first run for public office.
Pounders captured 62 percent of the vote, or 300 votes, compared to 33 percent or 160 votes for Harbour.
Pounders advanced to the general election after defeating Wayne Thompson, another first-time candidate, in the Democratic primary.
During the campaign, Pounders defended city expenditures on the Square and voiced support for Dr. Bob Corkern’s planned purchase of Tri-Lakes Medical Center.
"I want to thank the voters for their support. It’s my privilege to serve the city of Batesville for another four years," Pounders said Wednesday.