With Doraville facing across-the-board budget cuts, the city’s new mayor said she has a big responsibility to fulfill.
Former Doraville City Councilwoman Donna Pittman, who won a runoff election on July 19 to become the city’s new mayor, said she is elated about the opportunity granted by Doraville voters.
“I’m very excited,” said Pittman, who served as acting mayor for a few months until resigning to run for the mayor’s position. “I’m excited about moving the city forward.”
Pittman said her priorities as mayor will be the redevelopment of the GM facility and addressing the shortfall of the city’s budget, including possible employee layoffs.
“It would be wonderful if we didn’t have to go down that road,” Pittman said.
Approximately 550 Doraville voters went to the polls to give Pittman 52.8 percent of their votes while political rookie Carol Gilman received 47.2 percent. Gilman spent 30 years in the business world in accounting, auditing, banking, internal consulting and business consulting before retiring a few years ago.
“I am very humbled by the confidence that the Doraville voters put in me,” said Gilman, who lost by just 31 votes. “I was committed to running a positive and issue-based compaign.”
“It was a close one,” said Gilman, who was running against a candidate who was a longtime resident and had greater name recognition in Doraville. “We knew it was an uphill battle.”
“This was not the outcome we had all worked so hard for,” said Gilman, who plans to run again in November. “The city of Doraville deserves better.”
Although Gilman forced the run-off election after being endorsed by three of the five Doraville City Council members, Pittman said she looks forward to working with the council.
“We’ve worked together for several years,” Pittman said. “We’re all professionals. We’re working for the same common goal.”
Doraville held the election to fill the remaining term of former mayor Ray Jenkins, who died in February.
Because Pittman’s term expires at the end of the year, she will be up for re-election in November.
When asked if she would run again in November, Pittman replied with one word: “Absolutely.”