With 11,706 votes counted in the first municipal election in the new city of South Fulton the large field now narrows from 72 to 16 candidates for the run-off with two candidates in each race vying for the Mayor and seven Council seats. The run-offs scheduled for Tuesday, April 18 hopefully will garner more voters . The 11,706 (26%) voters is a far cry from the 43,699 votes cast ballots in the Cityhood Referendum last November which garnered a 76% turnout.
The mayoral runoff will match former Fulton County Commissioner William "Bill" Edwards now a retired small business owner against another small business owner Benny Crane.
District 1 - Catherine Foster Rowell, PhD an education advocate will face Attorney Willie Davis.
District 2 - Damita Chatman, a retiree and President of the Walden Park HOA opponent is Carmalitha Gumbs a local consultant.
District 3 - Helen Willis a State of Georgia employee will face off against Capt. Louis M. Bell, (ret.), Airline Pilot
District 4 - Retiree Naeema Gilyard faces Health Care Consultant Mandisha Thomas
District 5 - Rosie Jackson a former Executive Director with Vision Care Adult Day Health Center will square off against entrepreneur Corey Jackson
District 6 - khalid kamau, Community Activist faces Marketing Professional Charlean Parks
District 7 - Mark Baker an Education Consultant will face Paralegal Linda Pritchett