Ensley, Hooper win seats on board

Nov. 06, 2013 @ 06:53 AM

Political newcomers Robin Ensley and Brett Hooper were elected as commissioners for the Town of Spindale on Tuesday.

Of the 2,618 registered voters in Spindale, 792 votes were cast in the commissioners race at the Spindale House on Election Day, as of 9:45 p.m.

Comprising nearly 68 percent of the vote, Ensley and Hooper edged out incumbents Tommy Hardin and Ed Searcy.

Ensley received nearly 31 percent of the early vote with 49 votes. She got almost 26 percent of the total vote with 205 votes.

Hooper gained nearly 47 percent of the early vote with 75 votes. He received about 42 percent of the total vote with 330 votes.

“I want to thank all of my supporters who came out and voted, and I’m looking forward to working with the board and trying to get things accomplished in Spindale that will benefit the community,” Hooper said.

Hardin and Searcy received 160 and 96 total votes, respectively.

Ensley and Hooper will each serve four-year terms and join current commissioners Tom Roberson and Nancy Walker on the Spindale Board of Commissioners.

Mayor Mickey Bland was also re-elected in an uncontested race, receiving 336 votes. Bland will serve another four years as Spindale’s mayor.

All votes will remain unofficial until the canvass of municipal elections on Nov. 12.