Columbia third ward city councilman-elect Roy Lovelady (photo courtesy of Mr. Lovelady's Facebook page)

Longtime Columbia city councilman Skala unseated in runoff

Columbia third ward city councilman-elect Roy Lovelady (photo courtesy of Mr. Lovelady’s Facebook page)

Columbia activist Roy Lovelady has upset veteran third ward city councilman Karl Skala in Tuesday’s runoff election.

The two tied in the April municipal election with 1,102 votes each and have been campaigning hard since then. The runoff election was historic, because there had never been a tie in a city election until this one.

Election returns were close throughout tonight, but Lovelady won the race by 150 votes … 1,419 to 1,269.

The third ward has a lot of poverty, and Mr. Lovelady says the ward needs someone who will help them learn from what is happening on the council.

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