Tab Bowling became Decatur's first incumbent mayor reelected since 1992 when he defeated Butch Matthews in a close runoff race today.
Bowling had 4,260 votes, or 54.2%, with all but provisional ballots counted. Matthews received 3,595 votes, or 45.8%. Election officials said there weren't enough provisional ballots to change the race's outcome.
The last Decatur mayor reelected was Bill Dukes, who won five straight terms from 1976-92. Don Kyle was elected to non-consecutive four-year terms in 2004 and 2012, but lost reelection bids to Don Stanford in 2008 and to Bowling in 2016.