3 Canton incumbent aldermen regain seats in Tuesday special election

3 Canton incumbent aldermen regain seats in Tuesday special election


Three incumbent Canton Democrat aldermen regained their seats in a special Democratic Party primary election Tuesday after initially having lost their seats in the city's Democratic primary election in April.

In the April 6 Democratic Party primary, Ward 1 Alderman Rodriquez Brown, Ward 2 Alderman Fred Esco Jr. and Ward 5 Alderman Tim C. Taylor, all lost to challengers who effectively won the seats because no Republican or independent candidates sought the seats.

The defeated incumbents all filed lawsuits challenging the process by which the candidates were placed on Canton’s Democratic Party primary ballots in April due to an ongoing lawsuit between two dueling Canton Democratic Party Executive Committees.

As a result of the incumbents’ lawsuits, Special Judge Jeff Weill Sr. on June 30 vacated the results of Canton’s April 6 Democratic Party primary races in Ward 2, Ward 5 and later in Ward 1 and ordered redos in those elections.

The special election was held Tuesday and below are the unofficial returns.

Ward 1

Incumbent Rodriquez Brown garnered 167 votes to challenger Colby Walker’s 166 votes.

In the April race, Brown had 122 votes to Walker’s 133 votes.

Ward 2

Incumbent Fred Esco Jr. garnered 117 votes in Tuesday’s special election to defeat challenger Renee Truss, who got 99 votes Tuesday.

In April, Esco had 92 votes to Truss’ 112 votes.

Ward 5

Incumbent Tim C. Taylor got 125 votes Tuesday to challenger John E. Brown’s 119 votes.

In April, Taylor had 106 votes to brown’s 109 votes.

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