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Canton mayoral candidates Bill Grant, left, and Dwight Pullen answered questions at a candidate forum Oct. 8 at Cagle Family Farm.

UPDATE at 8:36 p.m. - With all six precincts reporting in the Canton city election, former two-term City Councilman Bill Grant out-polled retired educator Dwight Pullen 1,939 votes to 659 votes. Grant earned 74.5 percent of the vote.

In the tight Ward 3 race, challenger Brooke Schmidt earned 1,314 votes to incumbent Farris Yawn's 1,201. Schmidt took 52.1 percent of the votes cast. 

In Ward 1, incumbent JoEllen Wilson held off two challengers to retain her seat. She won 1,465 votes, or 59.3 percent of the total over Bob Reilly (515 votes, 20.9 percent) and Kathy Strom (474 votes, 19.2 percent).

In Ward 2, Shawn Tolan ran unopposed.

UPDATE at 8:14 p.m. - In Ward 3, challenger Brooke Schmidt surged into the lead over incumbent Farris Yawn with five of six precincts reporting - her lead being 52.2 percent to 47.6.

UPDATE at 8:07 p.m. - Updated returns as of 7:47 p.m. showed a slight narrowing of Bill Grant's lead in the mayoral race 73.4 percent to Dwight Pullen's 26.5 percent. In Ward 1 JoEllen Wilson had 63 percent of the vote to 19.4 percent for Bob Reilly and 17.4 percent for Kathy Strom. The race for Ward 3 remained tight with 52.1 percent for incumbent Farris Yawn to 47.7 percent for challenger Brooke Schmidt. Results had four of six precincts reporting.

Former two-term City Councilman Bill Grant took a big early lead over retired educator Dwight Pullen in the race for mayor of Canton in Tuesday's election.

In early returns, Grant had 75.6 percent of the vote to Pullen's 24.3 percent.

Incumbent Ward 1 City Councilwoman JoEllen Wilson was out front of challengers Bob Reilly and Kathy Strom in the first returns posted after polls closed at 7 p.m. Wilson earned more than 67 percent of the vote in early returns.

In Ward 3 a close race was shaping up to be close, with incumbent Farris Yawn holding a 5 point lead.

Managing Editor

Gary Tanner is managing editor of The Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Ledger-News and Cherokee Life magazine. He has been working as a journalist since 1985.

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