Geneva Mayoral Runoff

Alabama’s attorney general made a recommendation about a controversial runoff race in the Wiregrass.

After last Tuesday’s Geneva city elections, incumbent Mayor Karen Simmons came up just 36 votes shy of winning the necessary 50-percent to avoid a runoff. But, the two challengers tied with 351 votes each.

That means Simmons along with Councilman Robert Gene Beard and businessman Jack Helms will all appear on the Sept. 14 runoff ballot.

But, according to Attorney General Troy King's office, the candidate with the most votes will be the outright winner, even if that person doesn't receive 50-percent of the vote.

The new mayoral term begins on Oct.1.