by Lisa Sorg
With 58 of 62 precincts reporting, Incumbent Mayor Bill Bell and challenger Sylvester Williams will advance to the November election. Bell has received 87 percent of the vote compared with Sylvester Williams at 7 percent.
Michael Valentine placed third with 5.3 percent.
In the City Council Ward II race, it appears Eddie Davis (59 percent of ballots cast) and Omar Beasley (21 percent) will face off in the general election.
Four candidates vied for the top two spots in Ward II, the seat currently held by Howard Clement, who is retiring after 30 years. Del Mattioli (13 percent) and Franklin Hanes (6 percent) are in third and fourth place, respectively.
Early voting for the general election runs Oct. 17 through Nov. 2. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.