Ford is new Stockbridge mayor, Thomas returning to council

In Stockbridge a former council member is returning after a hiatus and another is switching over to the mayor’s seat according to results from the Nov. 7 election. Council member Anthony Ford won the mayoral race with 73 percent of the vote over challenger Tony Brown.

Ford will succeed Judy Neal, who served just over a year of an unexpired term and withdrew from this election after qualifying. LaKeisha Gantt was the leading vote-getter among council contenders with 1,042 and will retain her seat. The next-highest vote total went to Alphonso Thomas, who served a four-year term on the council previously but lost his bid for re-election in 2015. Other challengers were Cherice Hollis, who had 632 votes to Thomas’ 648, and David Le’Gall Sr. who finished farther back with 134 votes.

The new term for each winning candidate begins in January.