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Thornton reelected Mayor of LaGrange

The results are in, and incumbent LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton was successful in his bid for re-election, receiving 62 percent of the vote.

Thornton defeated challenger Jimmy McCamey 2,611 votes to 1,583. On Tuesday night, Thornton celebrated his re-election in his downtown law office surrounded by family and supporters.

“I’m very excited,” Thornton said. “I’m very grateful to LaGrange for placing confidence in me to serve a second term.”

This will be Thornton’s second term as mayor, and he says he plans to continue to promote policies that he hopes will further economic growth in LaGrange.

“In my second term, I want to continue to emphasize economic development,” Thornton said. “I want to continue to focus on improving public safety and amenities for our residents. I realize that with the growth that is happening all around us, there will be challenges to our infrastructure — challenges relating to transportation, housing and other needs in the community. I will continue to work for creative solutions to address those needs.”

A few blocks away at Splendid Events Restaurant, Jimmy McCamey, who challenged Thornton in the mayoral race, contemplated the results.

“There is always another time,” McCamey said. “I’m disappointed, but it is OK.”

McCamey won four of the seven precincts, including wins at the Administrative building, the Griggs Center, Highland and Hammett Road.

A large portion of Thornton’s final margin of victory was a result of his massive win in the Hollis Hand district. Thornton won 1,338 votes to 45 there.