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Meiss Defeats Thompson For Milton Mayor's Office

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For the first time in 20 years, there will be a new mayor in the city of Milton next year.

With all precincts reporting the unofficial vote totals show that Wesley Meiss defeated long time incumbent mayor Guy Thompson by about a 59 - 41 margin in Tuesday's election. Meiss gave up his seat on the city council to seek the mayor's office. He is looking forward to making the city government more accessible to the people of Milton by putting council meeting on line and starting them at an hour where people can more easily attend. He also said he will work to keep the county courthouse in the city.

Thompson, who was first elected mayor of Milton in 1994 was seeking his sixth term in office. Of the nearly 6,700 registered voters in the city of Milton, just 1,615 cast a ballot in Tuesday's vote.

Bob Barrett has been a radio broadcaster since the mid 1970s and has worked at stations from northern New York to south Florida and, oddly, has been able to make a living that way. He began work in public radio in 2001. Over the years he has produced nationally syndicated programs such as The Environment Show and The Health Show for Northeast Public Radio's National Productions.