Voters in Hoover have one more decision to make to wrap up the 2016 municipal election.
Thus far, voters have unseated the long-time mayor; elected three new council members; and returned three incumbent council members who faced stiff competition, with one winning by 24 votes.
Next Tuesday’s runoff for City Council Place 1 between former Hoover City Councilman Trey Lott and Curt Posey will settle another close race. Posey won 41.21 percent of the votes in August; Lott won 40.59 percent; and incumbent Joe Rives, who was appointed to fill Lott’s seat when Lott moved to Alabaster in 2015, received 18.20 percent.
Many residents, school officials and city leaders say this hard-fought election is a referendum on issues inextricably tied to each other–school funding and growth management. Candidates also say voters are facing the reality that Hoover is Alabama’s sixth largest city, no longer a typical suburb, and must define its identity going forward.