Norton, Campbell In Runoff For Smyrna Mayor

Smyrna voters will go back to the polls on Dec. 3 to elect a Mayor as Derek Norton and Ryan Campbell forced a runoff in a five-person race.

Norton had 47 percent of the vote to Campbell’s 25 percent. Other Mayoral candidates included Steve Rasin at 22 percent, Laura Mireles at 5 percent and Alex Backry at 1 percent.

Norton, 42, is serving as Ward 1 Councilman, Mayor Pro Tem and works as  Government Affairs Director for the Medical Association of Georgia. Campbell, 26, is the son of Jamaican immigrants who operate Chris’ Caribbean Bistro. 

In Ward 2, Austin Wagner defeated incumbent Andrea Blustein by just two votes, 341 to 339.

Travis Lindley defeated incumbent Ward 3 Councilwoman Maryline Blackburn with 53 percent of the vote.

Susan Winkinson, incumbent in Ward 5 held on with 52 percent of the vote over James Smith and Suz Kaprich.

In the open Ward 7 race, Lewis Wheaton took 57 percent of the vote over David Monroe.

In the unopposed races Glenn Pickins won the Ward 1 seat, and incumbents Charles ‘Corkey’ Welch, Ward 4; and Tim Gould, Ward 6;  were reelected.

Ollie Clemons, serving as acting Mayor in Austell, won a full term with 54 percent of the vote by defeating three challengers. Devon Myrick and Melanie Elder were elected to council seats.

Smyrna’s runoff election will be held Dec. 3.