Steve Rasin endorses Derek Norton in Smyrna mayoral runoff

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According to a press release from the campaign of Derek Norton, his run against Ryan Campbell in the December 3 mayoral runoff has picked up the endorsement of the third-place candidate, Steve Rasin.

“After multiple meetings with both runoff candidates to discuss their vision for the future of Smyrna, I have found that one of the candidates has a similar vision to my own for the city with the leadership skills and ability to make them a reality. This candidate will move forward with a mutual consideration for Safety and Security, Inclusivity, Strategic Business Development, and Technology and Innovation,” said Rasin. “Upon careful consideration, I am asking you to join me in endorsing Derek Norton’s candidacy for Mayor of Smyrna.”

“I am very honored to have the support of Steve Rasin,” said Norton. “I have great respect for Steve and the campaign he ran during the General Election. I am proud to have him behind me in the runoff.”

“Since the General Election, Laura and I have spent time with Steve and Dianne, and we are thankful to have them on our team through this final leg of the race,” he said.

Norton was the frontrunner in the race, but failed to garner the votes to avoid a runoff.

Norton won 3,724 votes or 47.1 percent, Campbell got 1,957 votes, for 24.7 percent, Steve Rasin won 1,732 votes, for 21.9 percent, Laura Mireles came in with 394 votes, for 4.98 percent and Alex Backry garnered 100 votes, for 1.26 percent.

For residents of Ward 2, there will also be another race on the ballot. Incumbent Andrea Blustein and challenger Austin Wagner tied in the general election, triggering a re-vote.

Early voting for the race is open now through tomorrow, November 27, at the Smyrna Community Center.

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