By: Ryan Tate
The election between Mayor Richard Ashbaugh and Alderman Bobby Watkins ended with Watkins winning by twelve votes. "It's frustrating. For both us," Mayor Ashbaugh said. "It's a one of a kind election. There have been so many twists and turns. I don't see anything else even coming close to it," Watkins said.
Pemiscot County Clerk Larry Ray says "Rural Hayti" voters do not vote on many city issues. They do vote on issues involving the school, though. Ray says Judge Copeland ruled the Mayor's race was so close, the city should have a re-election. "It's put my whole life on hold. It's a small sacrifice for the good of the city," Watkins said. "If I had lost, and lost fair and square, I'd have walked out. But I don't feel it was a fair election," Mayor Ashbaugh said.