Dr. William Truly
Dr. William Truly
CANTON — Unofficial results from Tuesday’s run-off election here have former Mayor Dr. William Truly defeating incumbent Arnel Bolden by over 200 votes to win the Democrat primary.

Truly won 1,331 votes to Bolden’s 1,080 votes, garnering approximately 55 percent of the vote. Truly earned 140 more votes than Bolden during the May 2 primary.

Bolden was elected four years ago and bested Truly then by a mere handful of votes.

Attempts to contact both Truly and Bolden for comment were unsuccessful.

If the unofficial results hold, Truly will take on Canton businessman Chip Matthews in the June 6 election. Matthews is running as a Republican.

Ward 1 Alderman Rodriguez Brown will retain his seat after winning a runoff Tuesday against Roberto Williams with 52 percent of the vote. Brown finished with 251 votes to Williams’ 228 votes. There are no Republican or Independent contenders in that race June 6.

Former Mayor Fred Esco won the Democratic nomination for Ward 2 Alderman, besting Renee Truss with 51 percent of the vote. Esco finished with 213 votes to Truss’ 194 votes. Esco now faces Percy Winstead, a Republican, in the June 6 election.