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Tingen elected Mayor; Barbee upsets Lipsey
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Nov 07, 2013 | 2103 views | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gray’s election had surprising results with two citywide incumbents being voted out of office by little more than a third of the city’s registered voters.

Mayor Gus Wilson and Mayor Pro Tem Loretta Lipsey both lost their re-election bids in the Nov. 5 election.

The referendums for Sunday alcohol sales at retail stores won easily in both the city and county, as did Sunday sales of alcohol by the drink in Gray.

The first election results, which included only early voting counts, showed Wilson trailing challenger Stephen Tingen 182-121, and the mayor pro tem position was a dead heat with Lipsey and challenger Ed Barbee tied with 152 votes each.

Barbee took a narrow lead when the Gray precinct votes were tallied and then held on to that lead until the final results showed him the victor with 55 percent of the votes. The ending count was 377 to 309.

The final count for the contest of mayor was Tingen 398 to Wilson’s 293 votes.

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