Incumbent Boutwell, Newcomer Smith Win Century Council Seats

November 7, 2018

Incumbent Benjamin Boutwell and political newcomer James Smith, Jr. were elected to the Century Town Council Tuesday.

“I just want to thank the citizens of the Town of Century,” Boutwell said. “Thank you so much for supporting me. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We have got a good council. Let’s work with the mayor. It looks like we are going to have a good four years ahead of us.”

“I am excited that I won,” Smith said. “I looking forward to helping the community of Century, to making it a better place. I can’t express how excited I’ve been. I’ve been thinking about this all day and for the last couple of months, and now that it’s finally come to fruition, I’m ready to serve Century.”

Smith won the seat currently held by longtime council member Gary Riley, who did not see reelection.

Incumbent Sandra McMurray Jackson will also return to the council. She automatically won back in June when no one qualified to run against her.

Boutwell, Smith and Jackson will be sworn in at the first Century Town Council meeting in January.

Complete, but unofficial, results are as follows:

Century Town Council, Seat 3

**Benjamin D. Boutwell – 303
Amanuel Onell Dubose – 195

Century Town Council, Seat 4

**James Smith, Jr. – 277
Mary Hudson Bourgeois – 230

Pictured top: Ben Boutwell and James Smith, Jr. Picture below: Amanuel Dubose and Smith. Pictured below: Former Century Mayor Freddie McCall watches as Mary Bourgeois looks at election returns. Pictured below: Current Century Mayor Henry Hawkins reviews vote totals from the Century precinct before they are posted for public view on the polling room door. Pictured bottom: Boutwell and his wife Cheryl wave at voters Tuesday afternoon outside the Century precinct. photos, click to enlarge.


3 Responses to “Incumbent Boutwell, Newcomer Smith Win Century Council Seats”

  1. Larry Walker on November 7th, 2018 9:15 pm

    My compliments to Gary Riley for his many years of service to the people of Century And he gets to leave office on his own terms. Congratulations, Gary.

  2. TUMom on November 7th, 2018 7:58 pm

    Congratulations Ben!! I know you will continue to do a great job.!!

  3. sam on November 7th, 2018 7:50 am

    they are to be commended for running. i can’t say i would want their positions. they have a mess to contend with.

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