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Cupid, Thompson to Face Off in District 4 Commissioner Run-Off

Preliminary results show that Cupid earned 40 percent of the vote.

Incumbent District 4 Commissioner Woody Thompson and challenger community advocate Lisa Cupid have three more weeks of campaigning.

As the top vote-getters two will face off in the Aug. 21 run-off election for the District 4 Commissioner seat.

According to the election results from the Secretary of State, Cupid earned 40 percent of 10,670 votes. Thompson earned 27 percent.

Educator Michael Rhett came in third with 12 percent, while Connie Taylor came in a close fourth with 11 percent. Community volunteer Monica Delancy received 7 percent of the vote and former District 4 Commissioner Assistant Ruth Negron received 3 percent of the vote.

A candidate must earn more than 50 percent of the vote in order to be declared a winner. Unless one of the two candidates receives more than half of the votes, they will face off again in an Aug. 21 special election.

With six different candidates vying for the position, Thompson said he expected a run-off.

“It’s just one of those things you have to do,” Thompson said about campaigning for another three weeks.

Over at Cupid’s election watch party, there was much rejoicing once she and her supporters found out she had pulled into the lead.

“I hope it is true. I hope it is true,” Cupid said as she high-fived several people in the room.

Throughout the night, even with rain and lightning, various supporters dropped by Cupid’s campaign headquarters on Mulberry Street in the City of Austell.

District 2 Bob Ott, County Manager David Hankerson and Cobb DOT Director Faye DiMassimo all made an appearance at Cupid’s election watch party.

Campaign volunteers and supporters watched the local results on television while continually refreshing the Secretary of State's election results page.

As her two young sons ran and played throughout the night, Cupid's family and friends couldn't help from smile and laugh, excited as more votes for her poured in.

However, four hours after the polls closed, Cupid and supporters gathered hands and formed a circle while she prayed. Cupid thanked God for getting her to that point and for the support of her friends, family and others who believed in her.

What do you think about the results? Tell us below in the comments.

Yvonne Smith August 01, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Lisa is passionate about helping others. She has been this way since the fourth grade. As her mom I can vouch for her sincerity, integrity and work ethics. I have no doubt, if elected, she will become an effective commissioner.
Melissa "Mad Mel" Banks August 07, 2012 at 01:11 AM
I have seen Cupid out at networking events, community events and other events in Mableton - supporting the community! I know she has been out there - hopefully she will continue if she wins the election.
Allen Rodi August 16, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Woody Thompson has never returned on of my calls...this is going to be an easy decision. If I had 10 signs...I'd put them on every corner of my neighborhood...I'd even dress up in a red heart and wave signs on a street corner. We need people who communicate with their people.
Melissa "Mad Mel" Banks August 17, 2012 at 06:56 AM
I am going to be 100 % honest with you Allen.. I am hesitant to speak on public forums sometimes just because of the way the politics are in Mableton. If you say something against someone - then an entire organization may come after you - I started a community concert last year called Mableton Rocks - and it started as an idea to raise money for local food pantry and the Amateur Advocate Assocation - non profits in the area. This year we are actually raising money for multiple organizations (when you buy a ticket you get to pick the charity you support) and as I was calling around looking desperately for sponsors - there were so many businesses that said the exact same thing. They can never get a response - they only communication that they ever get from the commissioners office are for code violations. Now - I hope no organizations target me or my concert for speaking the truth - but your right - We need people that are servants to the community and that want to make a difference not make a buck. We also need people to wake up and realize that the good ol boy network way of doing things is the reason why Mableton has been going down hill - we have politicians and certain people higher up that are blocking progress for reasons I won't get into on here... and when I hear people talking about voting this way or that - its just sheer name recognition - they haven't had interaction or even know - I just want a better Mableton (& area)! And I think CUPID would work for it..
Melissa "Mad Mel" Banks August 17, 2012 at 06:56 AM
And we need to see if we can get some signs!!

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