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Bowker get votes in Decatur council race

By Bob Buckel | Published Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Decatur City Council had three incumbents on the ballot Saturday, but only one contested race.

Randy Bowker

Randy Bowker

Randy Bowker easily retained place 6, getting 163 votes to challenger Peter Rivera’s 42.

Rivera ran against Bowker two years ago and opposed Jay Davidson unsuccessfully last year. Bowker, a financial consultant with Edward Jones in Decatur, will be sworn in Monday to begin his second term on the council.

Bowker had 110 early votes and 53 votes on election day – nearly 80 percent. Rivera polled 22 early votes and 20 on Saturday.

Winning unopposed were Place 2 councilmember Susan Cocanougher, with 51 votes, and place 4 councilmember Jason Wren, with 85 votes.

Cocanougher got 22 early votes and 29 on election day, while Wren had 63 early ballots and 22 on election day.

The city race drew only 230 out of a total of 3,056 registered voters – just over 7.5 percent – including 145 early voters and 85 who cast ballots on election day.

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