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11.4.03

Hankins defeats Watkins in landslide

It's an overdue celebration for Lethia Hankins.

Last month, she cheered as the results from of the general election was announced, thinking she had won, only to find out she didn't have enough votes to avoid a runoff. This time the outcome is certain and decisive, winning by more than 2,500 votes.

"I was surprised by the number, but I knew I would win from the get-go," she said, smiling.

Hankins, a retired educator, has run for office before and lost, but vowed not to quit. For her opponent, Jack Watkins, this is the second runoff in a row he's lost. He says this is his last.

"The voters have spoken and I'm okay with that," Watkins said. "I'm happy because I'll have more time to spend with my family."

As for Hankins, she wins the seventh and final open seat on the city council, joining a cast of fresh faces, including a new mayor.

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