City residents approved the referendum Nov. 5 with 101 votes in favor and 72 opposed. The effective date was Nov. 18, according to a council vote in March.
And although three Dallas City Council incumbents ran unopposed in the election, Dallas City Manager Kendall Smith said he felt the real surprise was the number of residents casting ballots on the referendum being as high as it was.
“We were delighted to see that many residents vote on the referendum,” Smith said.
“It was a pleasant surprise with regard to the vote total,” he said.
Only 3 percent of the city’s 5,100 registered voters cast ballots.
Dallas will follow Hiram as the only areas within Paulding County to allow Sunday purchase of alcoholic beverages at retail establishments.
Council members seeking re-election were Nancy Arnold, who garnered 135 complimentary votes for her at-large seat; Ward 1 council representative Chris Carter, 131 votes; and Ward 3 representative R. Griffin White, 101 votes.
In the Hiram City Council race, political newcomer Kathy Carter captured the Post 5 seat, defeating Peggy Howland. Carter will replace Earlene Graham, who did not seek re-election.
Carter garnered 67 votes to Howland’s 41 in the only contested Hiram council race on the ballot. Post 3 incumbent Teresa Philyaw collected 83 complimentary votes while Post 4 incumbent and mayor pro-tem Derrick Battle took 90 votes.
Carter, a social worker with the nonprofit agency Family Intervention Specialist, said she was “honored and humbled” by her victory, adding that being able to meet many residents while on the campaign trail was the best part of her campaign.
“I am looking forward to working with the other members of the council because, like me, Hiram is near and dear to our hearts,” she said.
The newly-elected councilwoman, who has been a Hiram resident for seven years, said she is very much a family-oriented person.
“I have always worked with children and I want Hiram to be an even better place to raise one’s family,” she said.
-Tom Spigolon contributed to this report.