McDONOUGH – Election Day was a good day for a variety of incumbents, but not so good for others, and for some, it was agonizingly close.
For Neat Robinson and Otis Hammock in particular, election day was especially cruel as the two incumbents, of Stockbridge and Locust Grove respectively, lost their re-election bids by a handful of votes. Robinson came up four votes short, while Hammock ended up a single vote short.
STOCKBRIDGE: Barber, Blount and Alexander win, Robinson misses a second term by four votes
In perhaps the highest-profile of all the city elections, it wasn’t an incumbent scoring the highest vote total, but rather Yolanda Barber, who ended up with 817 votes, the most of all candidates.
Barber, who last year formed two ballot committees in efforts to fend off the Eagles Landing cityhood movement, will take a seat on the Stockbridge City Council next year.
She will be joined by incumbents John Blount, who ended up with 815 votes, and Elton Alexander, who ended up with 694 votes.
Alexander narrowly edged out fellow incumbent Neat Robinson, who fell four votes short of a successful re-election bid.
Fifth place went to Nathan Banks, who had 493 votes. He was followed by Cherice Hollis, who had 460 votes; Arthur Christian, who had 448 votes; Kenneth McFarland with 366 votes; and Jacqueline Blalock with 215 votes.
McDONOUGH: Incumbents win, for the most part
The incumbents in the McDonough City Council elections were successful, but one race was closer than others.
That race was the at-large race. Incumbent Ben Pruett with 642 votes, or 45.24% of the total, was re-elected in the closest race in the city. Dennis had 411 votes, or 28.96%.
Third-place Brandon Robinson ended with 361 votes, or 25.44%.
The other two races, however, were much more decisive.
District 3 in the McDonough City Council will continue to be represented by Craig Elrod, who decisively beat Janice Scotchman with a ratio of 2 to 1. Elrod ended with 520 votes, or 66.16% of the vote, while Scotchman had 266 votes, or 33.84%.
District 4 voted to keep Kamali Varner as their representative. District 4 voted 3 to 1 in favor of Varner, who won with 212 votes, or 74.91% of the vote. Teresa Bradley Wheeler collected 71 votes, or 25.09%.
HAMPTON: Byrd to join a returning Meeks and Mitcham on the council; Tarpley ousted
Longtime Hampton City Councilman Henry Byrd will stay on the council for another term, and he will be joined by two former council members who were brought back by popular demand from Hampton voters.
Those council members are Marty Meeks and Mary Ann Mitcham. Byrd received the highest number of votes during the election, ending with 661 votes. Meeks received 648 votes, while Mitcham collected 545 votes.
Incumbent Ann Tarpley will be leaving the City Council, finishing fourth with 466 votes. Sherry Chaney finished fifth with 442 votes.
Dexter Cladd finished sixth with 401 votes, Monica Davis finished seventh with 115 votes and Adrian Stroud finished eighth with 105 votes.
Meeks and Mitcham both lost their seats in 2017, during an election that saw Stephanie Bodie, Errol Mitchell, Willie Turner and Elton Brown elected to the council. Brown, who was elected in 2017 to fill the last two years of a resigned council member’s term, did not run for re-election.
LOCUST GROVE: Otis Hammock misses re-election by just one voteIt could be argued that the Locust Grove elections are a study in why “just one vote” matters. Just ask incumbent Otis Hammock.
Hammock finished fourth in the election, and lost his council seat by one vote. Rudy Breedlove took the final seat with 265 votes. Hammock had 264 votes.
Carlos Greer received the most votes of anyone on Election Day, ending up with 431 votes, while Rod Shearouse received 276 votes.
Locust Grove was also the only city with a mayoral election scheduled, but incumbent Robert Price went uncontested on Election Day and will continue to serve as the mayor of the city.