• Murphy's mayor-elect Rick Ramsey smiles after being elected Tuesday along with wife Janet (left) and new council members Barry McClure and Gail Walker Stansell. Photo by BEN KATZ

ELECTION 2017: Murphy's council, mayoral results

   Murphy – Rick Ramsey won a convincing victory to become the next mayor of Murphy on Tuesday night.

   Ramsey got 62 percent (194 votes) to 37 percent for Democratic challenger Curtis Brown (116).

   “I thank the people for placing their trust in me,” Ramsey said Tuesday night. “I am excited and humbled for the opportunity to serve Murphy. Congratulations to the newly-elected city council, who I look forward to working with.
 “I will always have an open door for citizens and businesses to share their concerns and ideas with me.”

   Ramsey also thanked outgoing Mayor Bill Hughes for his service to the town over the last 20 years.

   Newcomer Noland Smith got the most votes in the city council race with 239 votes.

   “I am looking forward to doing work on the water and sewer infrastructure,” Smith said Tuesday night. “It’s 100 years old and it’s not sexy to talk about, but it’s what you need to run a town.”

   The city council will have three members returning, including Barry McClure (229 votes), Karen Watson (224) and Frank Dickey (178).

   Barbara Hughes, wife of the longtime mayor, got 194 votes to gain her first political office. Gail Walker Stansell earned 191 votes and also was elected for the first time.

   "I'm just really excited about the teamwork we are going to have to move the town forward," Barbara Hughes said. "The sky is the limit for us."

   Incumbent Sandy Sumpter (165 votes) and newcomer Jodi Alverson (148) failed to gain election.