Unofficial results: Derek Norton elected Smyrna’s next mayor

Two men waving Derek Norton signs on Spring Road in article Derek Norton winsNorton supporters on Spring Road (photo by Haisten Willis)

It appears Smyrna has chosen its first new mayor since 1985.

Ward 1 city councilman Derek Norton has narrowly defeated Ryan Campbell in the mayoral runoff, according to unofficial results from the Cobb Board of Elections.

Norton received 3,764 votes, good for 51.04%, to Campbell’s 3,605 votes, or 48.89%, to end a race which spanned several months. Norton also received by far the most votes on election day in November, but was drawn into a runoff because no-one got more than half the vote.

During the campaign Norton, a lobbyist for the Medical Association of Georgia, raised over $110,000 as of Nov. 1, well more than the $42,301 raised by Campbell. After some confusion, Norton also picked up the endorsement of third-place finisher Steve Rasin. Still, the race ended up being very close, with just 159 votes separating the two men.

The new mayor will take office New Year’s Day for a term lasting through the end of 2023.