Crestview council gets three new faces

Rytman & Cadle

Crestview Mayor David Cadle, right, congratulates Mickey Rytman, one of Crestview's newly elected city councilmen following the announcement of Rytman's defeat of incumbent Charles Baugh Jr.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 10:16 PM.

CRESTVIEW — It was mostly out with the old, in with the new as three new members were elected to the Crestview City Council. Council President Benjamin Iannucci III and Charles Baugh Jr. were defeated by Joe Blocker and Mickey Rytman respectively.

Both Baugh and Iannucci are relatively new Crestview residents, while Blocker and Rytman are lifelong citizens, an issue that was raised during a recent candidates forum hosted by the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce.

In the race for a third council seat being vacated by Tim Grandberry, Shannon Hayes, son of the late councilman Sam Hayes, defeated Bill Cox to represent precinct 2.

"I know Dad is smiling up there," Hayes said after the results were announced.

Betsy Roy managed to hold on to her position as Crestview city clerk following stiff competition by Wanda Davis, winning by 24 votes after trailing by 32 when the first results were announced.

In Laurel Hill, Councilman Robby Adams defeated challenger Mike Blizzard to take the mayor's seat, which is being vacated by Joan Smith who ran for city council. She was defeated by current Council Chairman Larry Hendren and former councilman Johnny James.

Thanking the voters for their support, Rytman said he didn't expect to defeat incumbent Baugh.

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