Long wins runoff for Ward 4 Fayetteville City Council seat

Alan Long

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Alan Long defeated Mike Emery by 123 votes Tuesday night to become the newest alderman on the Fayetteville City Council.

Long, 31, will replace outgoing Ward 4 Alderwoman Sarah Lewis in the Position 2 seat.

Final unofficial results showed Long received 382 votes (60 percent) and Emery received 259 votes (40 percent). Election officials are expected to certify the results later this week.

Long and Emery were part of a five-person race for the seat in the Nov. 6 general election. A runoff was set after the two emerged as the top contenders with Long receiving 1,943 votes (37 percent) to Emery’s 1,159 (22 percent).

Long will join Sarah Marsh in Ward 1 and Martin Schoppmeyer in Ward 3, who each ran unopposed on Nov. 6. Alderman Matthew Petty will serve a second term after narrowly escaping a runoff election in Ward 2.

In other Washington County runoff races, Jeff Watson (470 votes) beat Teresa Moore Powers (243 votes) in the Springdale Ward 3 City Council race, and Bill Sergeant (133 votes) beat Misty C. Caudle (42 votes) in the West Fork Ward 2 City Council race.

Alan Long

Age: 31
Residency: Lived in Fayetteville for 10 years, native of Batesville, Ark.
Employment: Buyer for Newlyweds Foods, Inc.
Education: B.A. Communication, University of Arkansas, 2005; Masters in Business Administration UA Walton College, 2007
Political Experience: Chariman of the Animal Services Advisory Board; founder and original President/Director of The Friends of the Fayetteville Animal Shelter