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Election brings change to Douglasville City Council
by Bill Baldowski
November 13, 2013 04:02 PM | 2089 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As in other non-presidential election years, the voter turnout for the Nov. 5 municipal election in Douglasville was low.

However, it did result in one incumbent not returning to the Douglasville City Council in January.

In the Douglasville Ward 2 Post 1 race on the council, Mike Miller captured more than 55 percent of the vote to outdistance two-term incumbent Dennis McLain, who tallied 44.7 percent, according to Douglas County Elections Supervisor Laurie Fulton.

In the other contested Douglasville council race, Ward 1 incumbent Larry Yockey garnered 62.9 percent of the vote to easily turn back the challenge of Jay Mark Smith, who tallied 37.1 percent.

In the special election for Douglas County Superior Court Clerk, Tammy Howard, who had served as interim clerk since the death of her predecessor, Rhonda Payne, in March, was elected to fill the remainder of Payne’s term which ends in 2016. Howard, a Republican, netted 67.3 percent of the vote to easily defeat Democrat Annetta Danley Stembridge, who garnered 32.5 percent.

Howard said that by winning the race, she fulfilled a promise she made to Payne before her death.

“I love my job because I am a servant of the people and it is through their choice on the voting ballot that I can continue to serve them,” she said.

Miller, an attorney and former Douglas County School Board member, said experience as a board of education member and the message he brought to the voters of wanting to bring more private investment to Douglasville, were keys to his council victory.

“My initial reason for running for the council was to increase private investment in our city,” he said. “I had my campaign signs in the stores of private business owners who supported that idea.”

Yockey, who is the mayor pro-tem of the council, said he was re-elected to the council because of his record and his name recognition, especially as he has been president of the Arbor Station Homeowners Association for 15 years.

Yockey, who has been a Douglasville resident for 20 years, said he started out his public service career on the Keep Douglas County Beautiful Board of Directors before serving on the Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority. He is currently on the board of the Douglasville Boys and Girls Club.

“I went door-to-door, shaking as many hands as I could and making sure the voters knew what my message was,” Yockey said, adding he visited about 750 homes in the Arbor Station subdivision alone.

“I appreciate the support I have received from my constituents and I hope to continue to have their support as we move this city forward,” he said.

There are 68,978 registered voters in the county, according to county spokesman Wes Tallon. In last Tuesday’s election, a total of 6,034 votes were cast in its 25 precincts in the special election for superior court clerk for a voter turnout of only 8.75 percent.

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