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New mayor, city council for East Point after runoffs
by Noreen Cochran
December 10, 2013 03:46 PM | 2016 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After last week’s nonpartisan city runoff elections, five newly elected officials will take their places at East Point’s Jan. 6 city council meeting.

Attorney and local business owner Jannquell Peters won the mayoral runoff with 2,071 votes, or about 71 percent of the 2,777 ballots cast.

Her opponent, Clyde Mitchell, garnered 837 votes, or about 29 percent.

In a statement, Peters thanked supporters for their literal “vote of confidence.”

“As mayor, it is my commitment to serve the residents of East Point, as a positive and professional advocate-in-chief and ambassador,” she said. “I look forward to working with the city council and city manager towards a bright and promising future.”

Peters successfully unseated Mayor Earnestine Pittman, who was vying for a second term but came in third on Election Night.

Also unseated is Ward A City Councilwoman Sharonda Hubbard, who accrued 1,331 of last week’s 2,777 votes, or about 48 percent, in a reversal of her Election Night lead in which she dominated the four-way field with 40 percent.

Taking her place in the Ward A seat will be Sharon Shropshire, who scored 52 percent with 1,446 ballots in her favor.

Ward A candidate Johnny Fowler, a former city councilman, said despite his November loss he enjoyed witnessing the general and runoff election results.

“We had one hellacious election,” he said. “We kicked out the mayor and four city council people. The people rose up in this city right here and dumped them all out the door.”

In another tumble for incumbents, Ward D City Councilwoman Jacqueline Slaughter-Gibbons once again received less support than her opponent Deana Ingraham.

Ingraham’s 10-point lead on Election Night stretched to nearly 60 points as she defeated the incumbent 2,194-598, or 79 percent to Slaughter-Gibbons’ 21.

Ingraham thanked her supporters and said she is ready to lead.

“I am excited, inspired and motivated by the great things that will spring forth from our jewel city, East Point. I know that together, we will reach sensible solutions and take steps forward for East Point,” she said. “Soon the world will know, what we as residents know, that East Point is a great city. Soon people from all around will join us in excitement, spread the word and say to others, ‘Let’s get to the Point!’”

Last month, Ward B elected newcomer Karen Rene in a race in which incumbent Patricia Langford did not compete, and Ward C incumbent City Councilman Marcel Reed lost to challenger Nanette Saucier.

In other runoff results, the battle for the College Park Ward IV city council seat between incumbent Charles E. Phillips Sr. and Roderick Gay yielded 137 votes for Phillips and 98 for Gay, according to the unofficial runoff elections results.

“There are 21 provisional ballots to be verified by Friday, Dec. 6 by close of business,” city spokesman Gerald Walker said last week. “However, based on the unofficial count, if all 21 votes went to candidate Gay, incumbent Phillips would maintain a majority by the count 137 to 119.”

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