In 2010 Matherne won her first term as mayor by 236 votes, but she couldn’t combat Rawls and his supporters Tuesday.
“I congratulate Mr. Rawls on a successful campaign, and assure him a smooth transition between administrations,” she said by phone after the results were announced.
According to the Election Commission, Rawls’ entry into the mayoral race attracted more voters in the predominately African-American town. There were 914 more votes cast this year than 2010’s total of 1,540, based on reports.
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