WAYNE — After a tight race, unofficial results from Tuesday's municipal election in Wayne indicate that Danny Grace has won reelection to serve a second term as mayor.
Grace won 54% of the vote with 250 total votes. His opponent, James Ramey III, received 207 votes.
Tony Atkins, who ran unopposed for town recorder, retains the position after receiving 310 votes.
Dwayne Wallace earned 273 votes, besting the 181 votes for Kevin Bradshaw, in the race to serve as municipal judge.
Four incumbents were reelected to serve on Town Council.
French Napier received the most votes of the nine candidates on the ballot with 254, Gary Akers received 206 votes, Judy Watts received 173 votes and Rosie Whipkey received 172 votes.
Harry Sowards received 200 votes and won the Town Council seat over incumbent Jon Reed, who placed sixth in number of votes with 165.
“A lot of work needs to be done and I think the progress already being made in town is positive, but I’m ready to contribute toward the effort,” the 29-year-old electee said.
Sowards was elected to the council six years ago in 2013, but resigned his position two years later after taking a position with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.
Other council candidates were Cathy Maynard, who received 134 votes, Freelin Pridemore, 106 votes, and Jim Dorton. 71 votes.
Officials were elected to serve three-year terms, but a proposition for those Town Council positions to move from three-year to four-year terms passed with 75% of voters in favor, with 322 for it and 99 against.
As a result, in the next municipal election, which will happen in 2022, Town Council terms will be extended by one year from three to four and will fall in line with county elections moving forward.