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.
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