Spanish Fort election could be referendum on mayor accused of slapping former city employee

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SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WKRG) — Voters head to the polls this morning in cities across the state. Municipal elections are being held as scheduled today despite some concern earlier in the week they could be delayed because of a tropical weather threat.

Incumbent Mayor Mike McMillan is running for a third term against three challengers Jeffrey Batley, David Westerfield and Rebecca Cornelius, but one big issue hangs over the race.

McMillan is accused of slapping a now-former city employee last year. He was charged with harassment. Recently, a security video of that incident leaked online. McMillan and the city as a whole had said little on the investigation until the leak, releasing a statement a short time later. The election today may be a referendum on the mayor himself and if voters feel he should get a third term despite the charges that have been leveled. A crowded field could also split the incumbent/anti-incumbent vote. We’ll find out later.

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