Gambrill defeats Weatherford in Cobb District 1

Keli Gambrill at a Sierra Club Meet the Candidates forum (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)Keli Gambrill at a Sierra Club Meet the Candidates forum (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

Challenger Keli Gambrill defeated incumbent District 1 Cobb County Commissioner Bob Weatherford in Tuesday night’s run-off election.  Since no Democratic candidate qualified during the primary, Gambrill will serve on the Board of Commissioners beginning with next year’s session.

With 15,020 votes cast, Gambrill received 8,703 votes, or 57.94 percent, while Weatherford got 6,317 votes or 42.06 percent.

Gambrill entered politics via community activism on zoning issues. In an interview with the Courier conducted several weeks before the election, she said she got involved in politics when a new development behind her house caused flooding in her yard.  That led to activism around zoning issues. She became the president of People Looking After Neighborhoods.

Weatherford served on the Acworth Board of Aldermen for 12 years and became Mayor Pro Tem before resigning to run successfully for the Cobb County Commission seat in 2014.

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