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Steve Holt defeats incumbent for Florence mayor

Steve Holt (Source: WAFF) Steve Holt (Source: WAFF)

Florence elected a new mayor Tuesday night. Newcomer Steve Holt defeated incumbent Mickey Haddock with 54 percent of the vote.

Holt said becoming mayor is a dream come true for him, and he's really felt the momentum within the last few weeks.

"The runoff made a big difference. We were behind at the end of the general election, and now to be where we are tonight is so exciting and we are so blessed and just grateful," Holt said.

He won all but three precincts, winning 2,788 votes compared to Haddock's 2,384 votes.

Holt said he wants to learn everything he can about the city. He said his top priority is the animal shelter, senior center and creating jobs. Since Holt is a newcomer to politics, he said there will be a learning curve but he's anxious to get started.

Haddock went by City Hall minutes after the final count to congratulate Holt.

"I don't know what the future holds. I do know that it holds a place for me somewhere in Florence. I do know it holds a place for me to serve people," Haddock said. "I have faith and I am a strong believer that God has a place for me and he'll open another door and when he does I'll step boldly through."

The city clerk said 86 percent of the people who voted in the August election voted on Tuesday.

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