The Smyrna city council is back to full strength as business owner Tim Gould defeated retiree Idella Moore in Tuesday evening’s runoff.
“I’m very thankful for the support of Smyrna’s Ward 6 residents,” Gould said from his home. “My goal is to keep in touch with residents, make sure they understand what’s happening regarding zoning and growth, and make sure they’re voices are heard.”
The Ward 6 seat has been vacant since early this year when former councilman Doug Stoner resigned to run for Georgia’s Public Service Commission. That run ended at the Democratic primary stage as he was handily beaten by Dawn Randolph, who collected more than 75 percent of the vote.
No fewer than five candidates qualified to replace Stoner, of which Moore, at 29 percent, and Gould, at 24 percent, were the top two during the May 22 special election. Because neither won more than 50 percent of the vote, the seat sat vacant another two months during the runoff campaign. The race is officially nonpartisan.
On Tuesday, Gould collected 597 votes, or 60.36 percent, to Moore’s 392 votes, good for 39.64 percent.
“A lot of folks who ran for this office had never run before,” Gould said. “They all worked hard to support Smyrna and that’s a great thing. It’s a good thing for the city to have some many people willing to step up and take leadership roles.”