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Forsyth voters elect new leadership

Forsyth voters decided they wanted a fresh start.

Incumbent Mayor Jimmy Pace Jr. and city council members Hal Clarke Jr., Sandra Dews and Chris Hewitt were all turned out of office Tuesday.

Taking their places will be Tye Howard as mayor and Desi Hansford, James Calloway and Melvin Lawrence as councilmen.

Howard, a political newcomer, outpolled Pace 560-361.

All council positions are at-large, so the top three vote getters won office. Hansford, also making his first run, led with 479 votes. Calloway, with 455 votes, and Lawrence, with 452, are former councilmen returning to office.

Dews led the incumbent council members, all finishing their first terms in office, with 330 votes. Clarke had 299 and Hewett 251. Eric Wilson, another person making his first run for office, gained 295 votes.

There are six seats on city council. The other three council members elected in 2005 — Mike Dodd, Lamar Russell and Rosemary Walker — will be up for re-election again in 2009.