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 who voted on the referendum was as high as it was.
Only 3 percent of the city's 5,100 registered voters cast ballots.
“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.
Dallas will follow Hiram as the only areas within Paulding County to allow Sunday purchase of alcoholic beverages at retail establishments. Hiram voters approved Sunday sales in November 2011, while residents of unincorporated Paulding voted against it earlier this year.
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, according to Paulding County Elections Supervisor Deidre Holden.
This was 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.
Starting her campaign in September, Carter said she went door-to-door and enjoyed getting out and meeting her fellow residents.
“There was a lot of hard work involved in the campaign but getting out and meeting people made it all worthwhile. I would definitely do it again because it was not only fun but I was very interested to hear their views,” 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.