Voters in Doraville and Dunwoody returned to the polls on Dec. 6 and elected new mayors and several city council members in a run-off election from November.
In Doraville, voters elected to keep incumbent Mayor Donna Pittman in the seat she won during a special election in July when she was chosen to fill the remaining term of mayor Ray Jenkins, who died in office. Pittman garnered 61.19 percent of the vote, while her opponent Tom Hart, a retired chemist, received 38.81 percent. A total of 572 votes were cast in the race.
“I’m very excited and grateful to the voters, without them none of this would be possible, and I’m looking forward to the next four years. It’s time to start moving the city of Doraville forward,” Pittman said.
Pittman, who has a background in business, education and law enforcement, said previously that the most important issues facing the city are “city finances, maintaining our property values, redevelopment, making sure we continue being a safe city and education.”
Additionally, Doraville voters chose incumbent council member Maria Alexander over Sharon Spangler to run District 3. Alexander received 54.88 percent of the vote and Spangler received 45.12 percent. Voters also elected Trudy Jones Dean to fill the City Council District 2 position. Dean garnered 77.32 percent to defeat former councilman Bob Roche, who garnered 22.68 percent of the vote. Voters cast a total of 543 ballots for the District 3 and 529 for the District 2.
Recently, Roche resigned from his council seat with only a few weeks left in his term, forcing the city to hold a special election in March to fill two vacant council seats, one left open by Pittman.
“The whole point was to get a full council instead of having two more years with just five people,” Roche said.
Dunwoody voters elected businessman Mike Davis as the city’s second mayor, replacing Ken Wright, who did not run for a second term. Davis, who received 60.22 percent (3,432 votes), defeated attorney Bob Dallas, who received 39.78 percent (2,267 votes). A total of 5,699 votes were reported in the election for the new mayor.
Davis, who is president of My Georgia Doctor Inc., has never held an elected office before. Calling this election “pivotal” for Dunwoody, he said that controlling taxes is the most important issue facing the city. “A recession is no time to raise taxes,” he said.
Dunwoody voters also elected Terry Nall to fill City Council Post 4. Nall beat incumbent Robert Wittenstein, 65.13 percent (3,699 votes) to 34.87 percent (1,980 votes), with 5,679 votes cast for the post.