Haddock wins Florence mayoral election

Florence mayoral candidate Mickey Haddock celebrates with friends at the Florence Municipal Auditorium Tuesday night after he was announced as the winner of the mayor’s office. 

With over 50 percent of the vote, Mickey Haddock was elected mayor of Florence Tuesday night with 3,763 votes. 

Haddock, the Lauderdale County License Commissioner, defeated former Florence Police Chief Rick Singleton who had 45 percent of the votes. 

“I am excited about the opportunity to serve,” Haddock said after the final results were tallied. “It was a good race and the candidates presented themselves well to the voters.” 

He also defeated local religious leader Billy Ray Simpson and certified public accountant John Hargett.

Haddock said he is excited about working towards a better partnership between the city and UNA. 

“One of the things that I think that we don’t utilize enough is the University of North Alabama,” Haddock said. 

Haddock said he plans to enrich the relationship between the city and students at UNA. 

“I want to do something with the students and graduates of UNA,” Haddock said. 

The District 2 council seat went to unopposed candidate Dick Jordan and District 1 went to Dave Smith. 

“We don’t understand really what a jewel we have in the University of North Alabama, and as mayor I plan to build on that,” Haddock said during a mayoral debate on UNA’s campus earlier this year. “It’s a great resource and we need to tap into it.” 

Haddock said Tuesday he plans to create advisory committees to aid him in pursuit of his goals. He said he hopes to have at least two UNA students on the committee to give the committee a UNA perspective.