Sandy Stimpson was reelected as mayor of Mobile, Ala. on Tuesday, coming out on top in a rematch with former mayor Sam Jones to secure a second term.
Stimpson appeared to be on pace to defeat Jones by a larger margin than he did in their first contest four years ago, when Stimpson ousted the former two-term mayor. Unofficial results on Tuesday evening showed Stimpson with about 58 percent of the vote to Jones’ 41 percent. In 2013, Stimpson netted about 53 percent of the vote.
Jones conceded the race to Stimpson before 9:00 p.m.
Incumbents prevailed across the board in Mobile’s city elections Tuesday, with each of the five incumbent city council members whose seats were contested — Joel Daves, Bess Rich, Fred Richardson, C.J. Small, and John Williams — winning new terms.
Stimpson held his victory rally at The Steeple in downtown Mobile, where he thanked his campaign staff, his family, and his city department heads.
In an address to supporters, Jones pledged to stay involved in the community.
“I’m not going anywhere,” Jones said. “One of the things that this has made me believe is that I need to stay more active in some things in this community. And I plan to do that.”