Smyrna recount confirms victory for incumbent
by Marcus E. Howard
mhoward@mdjonline.com
November 18, 2011 11:31 PM | 1651 views | 3 3 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SMYRNA — A recount of the Smyrna City Council Ward 1 election between incumbent Melleny Pritchett and challenger John Miller upheld the results of the close Nov. 8 race.

The election came down to only three votes in favor of Pritchett, who received 207 votes, or 50.2 percent, to Miller’s 204 votes, or 49.5 percent. Friday’s recount upheld those certified votes, said Janine Eveler, director of the Cobb Board of Elections & Registration.

Miller requested the recount, which he was entitled to do because there was a less than 1 percent difference between the votes he and Pritchett received.

“I really expected it to be the same,” Miller said on Friday. But “being that close and going through the election, I thought, ‘Well, I have to take it that last leg, just to see’ but, I didn’t really expect any other outcome. I did a good job, Melleny did a good job and it was a very clean and cordial election.”

Miller said he expects to seek elected office again in the future.

Pritchett, who was first elected to the council in a 2001 special election, said she is excited to continue representing the northeast Smyrna ward. Addressing the problem of vacant buildings in the city was one of her campaign pledges.

“I’m honored and pleased that I will be representing Ward 1 for another four years and the city of Smyrna,” she said. “I’m looking forward to implementing the stabilizing vision I have for Ward 1 in the next four years.”

A recount of the Ward 7 race results also revealed no changes, Eveler said.

Ron Fenell received 39.3 percent, or 697 votes, and he will face Garry Osborne, who got 21.4 percent, or 380 votes in a December runoff, because no candidate received the 50 percent plus one vote needed to win outright.

Vic Yankouski requested the recount as a result of his close third-place finish. He received 21 percent, or 373 votes. Ziad Salameh earned 18.1 percent, or 322 votes, in the four-person race.

A runoff for Smyrna Wards 4, 5 and 7 is scheduled for Dec. 6.
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mk-CORRUPT CITY
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November 21, 2011
As long as the 26 years mayor & yes men, police dept., can keep citizens that expose the truth, like me, quiet, they can continue to lie to the uninformed, line friends(contractors & engineers) pockets, & continue the status quo.

I suppose, when Smyrnas jobless become homeless, they'll be able to pitch their tents along all of Smyrnas brand spanking new 10 foot wide sidewalks.

Guess , then, the sidewalks may serve a purpose!
mk-RIP Smyrna!
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November 19, 2011
Then, ya gotta look at what has happened to Smyrna Heights, it is just plain CRIMINAL! The 2005 SPLOST for Concord Road Improvements was 9 million dollars! That mone was spent buying up businesses along Concord Road, tearing them down & leaving a bleak, ruined, no mans land! This in turn is destroyng the Smyrna Heights neighborhood,(a devised plan) of about 450 homes. It is riddled w/ 'for rent' signs,unemployment, foreclosures & run down properties. The nail in coffin is closing Brown Elementary & turning it into a school for children w/ severe behavior probems.

All the while, McNabb never ONCE in 4 years has come to hear the people in Smyrna Heights. The Smyrna government is a criminal enterprise,... no doubt in my mind!

The tenacles reach far & wide!

Too bad Smyrna sleeps while their city turns to ruins!
mk-RIP Smyrna!
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November 19, 2011
What a sad time for Smyrna citizens! I suppose they have been so dumbed down, they expect nothing, really!

Ms. Pritchetts ward is so terribly depressed & poor w/ no vision ,plan or ideas for the future. A Race Trac gas station will flank the entrance to Smyrna,.. along w/ Car Nutz, spanish speaking churches, outdated shopping centers & run down illegal filled apartments. Yeah, buddy!!

Then the city has the audacity to 'imply' a manufacturing plant for biodiesel is opening in Smyrna. OMG! The boys in the public works department took a federal check for $208,000 , hooked up 2 55 gallon drums, connected a few pipes & now going to pour used chicken fat into them, to fuel several cars. Bet they spent $200, Max!

Watch the Norcross, Duluth, Suwanee corridor bring in state of the art manufacturing plants, distribution centers & world class business headquarters!

Smyrna is a joke, run by 26 years of greed & corruption,.. that has keep Smyrna poor & EMPTY!

Sad! Very sad, Smyrna citizens enjoy being poor!!!

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