Bonifay residents voted incumbent Mayor Larry Cook back into office for one more year during the March 26 local election. Cook completed one year of a two-year term after former Mayor Emily McCann resigned.

Voter turnout in the mayoral election was 275 people, out of 1,627 registered voters. Cook received a total of 186 votes while his challenger, prior challenger Jason Powell, received 89 votes.

“I am humbled by the support shown to me during the election. I sincerely appreciate every citizen that came out to vote in this election,” Cook said. “It’s a freedom that I don’t take lightly. I’d like to thank my wife, Celena, my family, and my friends for their unwavering support. Being elected Mayor allows me the opportunity to continue working with the city council, city employees, and citizens towards making the place we call home what it deserves to be.”

The previous two mayors, Travis F. Cook and McCann, “worked hard to put the city on a progressive path”while in office, Cook said.

“I’m fortunate to have been able to pick that path up when I became interim mayor in August. We have accomplished a lot, and we have a lot more to look forward to,” Cook continued. “We have a strong Council that takes every decision seriously and with the best interest of our citizens at heart. We take pride in our first responder departments providing the best protection and care to our citizens.”

Cook went on to say City officials see our public works, water, and administration departments” put forth their best efforts daily for this city.”

“It’s important that we all continue to work together for the betterment of our city and citizens,” Cook said. “I am honored to serve as mayor for this great city and look forward to what lies ahead.”

Powell issued a statement after his loss.

“Voter turnout has a huge impact on how small-town elections turn out. Everyone says they want change and protest for change but for whatever reasons remain silent on election day,” Powell said. “I gave the citizens of Bonifay an option for the mayor’s seat but only 275 of over 1400 voters let their voice be heard. I still have faith in our city and hope we can continue to prosper in an efficient manner. Thank you to everyone who voted..”

The Bonifay residents will have at least one more year of Cook’s leadership to ensure the mayoral rotation is back on the bi-annual rotational schedule. Following Cook’s one year term, he will make a decision to run for a two-year term. 

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