Herndon Elected to 3rd Term As Northport Mayor, Dykes Wins Runoff
Bobby Herndon was elected to his third term as mayor of Northport in a contentious runoff election, according to uncertified results released by City Hall Tuesday night.
Herndon, who served as mayor from 2008 until 2016, narrowly lost a runoff against Donna Aaron that year. Aaron did not seek re-election, and after earning 47 percent of the vote in the August general election, Herndon was able to keep his voters motivated in Tuesday's runoff and overcome challenger Dale Phillips, a retired captain in the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
Herndon won Tuesday with 1,909 votes to Phillips' 1,332.
In District 4, where incumbent Robby Davis did not seek re-election, Jamie Dykes defeated Michael Daugherty in Tuesday's runoff. Dykes earned 521 votes to Daugherty's 476.
3,241 votes were cast Tuesday, representing around 16 percent of the city's 19,700 eligible voters.
Herndon, a land surveyor at a firm he co-owns and operates, ran on a platform of experience and empathy.
In an interview with the Tuscaloosa Thread Tuesday night, Herndon thanked everyone who came out to vote for him Tuesday and said he was ready to get back to work for the people of Northport.
"I'm just very thankful for the ones who did support me," Herndon said. "It's been a tough four years being on the sidelines and not the first team, but tonight I got my starting position back and we want to move our city forward and it's going to be great, we have a great council coming in and I'm really looking forward to working with them."
Phillips conceded the race in a post to his campaign's Facebook.