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Lowe leads Barbaree in Phenix City mayoral race

Mayor Eddie Lowe says thank you to Phenix City residents for their votes

Absentee votes put incumbent Eddie Lowe ahead of his opponent Jerry Barbaree. He says the votes from residents show the trust they placed in Lowe's leadership.
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Absentee votes put incumbent Eddie Lowe ahead of his opponent Jerry Barbaree. He says the votes from residents show the trust they placed in Lowe's leadership.

With absentee ballots counted in the Phenix City municipal election, Mayor Eddie Lowe has a more than 2-to-1 lead over challenger Jerry Barbaree.

Lowe has 135 votes to Barbaree’s 59.

Lowe, 56, is a senior vice president at CB&T of East Alabama. He became the city’s first black mayor four years ago when he was swept into office on a push to change the existing council. He won 60 percent of the vote and took a four-man race without a runoff.

Barbaree, 70, like Lowe is a Phenix City native. He retired in 2012 as the human resources director of Baptist Hospital in Memphis. Prior to that he had worked for a number of Phenix City companies before taking the job in Tennessee. He moved back home after retiring.

Barbaree has been critical of Lowe’s tenure, saying the city had become stagnant in job growth and business and residential development.

Lowe, a local football star who played at Alabama and in the Canadian Football League, has touted turning around the city’s image. He has also worked to establish a college scholarship fund for local high school students.

Chuck Williams: 706-571-8510, @chuckwilliams

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