Cobb BOC races: Birrell heads to November while Weatherford faces runoff

Cobb County Board of Commissioners in sessionCobb County Board of Commissioners -- photo by Larry Felton Johnson

The re-election bids of two Cobb County Commissioners will continue on as one heads to November and the other faces a Republican runoff.

District 3 East Cobb Commissioner JoAnn Birrell beat businessman Tom Cheek in the Republican primary and will face Democrat Carolina Holko, a stay-at-home mom, in November.

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Meanwhile, District 1 West Cobb commissioner finished first in a four-person Republican primary, but will face Keli Gambrill on July 24 after failing to secure more than 50 percent of the vote. Two other candidates, Melissa O’Brien and Forrest Shealy, are out of the race.

The good news for whoever wins the District 1 runoff is that no Democrat registered for the election, the contest will be decided this summer with the winner securing four years on the commission.

Weatherford came in at 40.75 percent of the votes with a tally of 4,935 while his runoff opponent Keli Gambrill got 26.21 percent of the vote with a count of 3,174.  Melissa O’Brien garnered 17.06 percent, and Forrest Shealy 15.98.

In the District 3 contest, Birrell got 58.63 percent at 5,628 votes while Tom Cheek received 41.37 percent with 3,971 votes. Her November Democratic opponent, Holko, won 80.55 percent of the vote against her primary opponent James Smith.

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Haisten Willis
Haisten Willis is a freelance writer who lives in Smyrna with his wife, daughter and dog. He holds a master's degree in journalism from California State University, Fresno, serves on the board of SPJ Georgia and even rides a bike when time allows.

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