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Powder Springs runoff elects a new mayor and a council member

Al Thurman was elected mayor of Powder Spring on Tuesday, making the former city councilman the first African-American to be elected mayor in any of Cobb County's six cities, based on preliminary runoff results.

Patricia A. Wisdom, who is also African-Amereican, appeared to have won the at-large Post 2 council seat in Powder Springs.

Their opponents were Councilman Chris Wizner for mayor and Henry L. Lust.

With absentee and advance ballots not yet included, Thurman received 57.24 percent or 708 votes to Wizner's 42.76 percent or 529 votes.

For the council post, Wisdom received 50.55 percent or 593 votes to Lust's 49.45 percent or 580  votes.

 Of the 8,178 registered voters, 15.16 percent turned out to cast 1,240 ballots.

 Thurman will replace Mayor Patricia Vaughn, who did not seek re-election.

Wisdom will take the place of Councilwoman Rosalyn Neal who also decided not to seek another term.


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