Dallas Co. Town Has First Town Election in Over Two Decades


By George McDonald

From the CBS 8 West Alabama Newsroom-- The town of Orrville in Dallas County will have its first town election in more than two decades.

Two people qualified to run for mayor-- and seven people qualified to run for five at-large seats on the Orrville Town Council.

Incumbent mayor Gene McHugh is facing a challenge from postal worker Louvenia Lumpkin.

McHugh has been mayor for 21 years but this will be the first time he's ever run for the office.

"I filled an unexpired term, I've served on the council for 40 years and when the mayor stepped down due to illness, somebody on the council normally steps up and then we appoint somebody to replace the council seat so it's been an appointed thing as you know every four years we have an election but it's the first time since '92 we've had opposition," said McHugh.

"I decided to run as mayor because I had several people to come to me and ask me would I do it, after two or three days I decided that I will but if I become mayor of Orrville a lot of changes will be made and the changes will be for the best for the community and the people of Orrville," said Lumpkin.

The town of Orrville has a population of about 215 people.

The election is August 28th.

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