After a recount requested by his opponent, incumbent Annette Lewis, the results confirmed Tuesday that Fleming won the election by a single vote.
Voters cast 141 votes for Lewis and 142 votes for Fleming last Tuesday. The ward has 2,421 registered voters in Ward 1.
The recount request was hand-delivered by Lewis on Monday. Both Lewis and Fleming observed the recount, said Janine Eveler, director of the Cobb Board of Elections and Registration.
Fifteen absentee ballots were scanned into a computer again and tabulated. Ballots cast at the polls electronically were counted again by a machine.
Lewis and Fleming both describe their relationship throughout the campaign as friendly.
“I think the world of Ms. Lewis and she ran a good campaign, a hard-fought campaign, and I’m grateful for her service,” Fleming said.
Lewis, who has served on the council for eight years and the Marietta School Board for 12 years, looks back on that service with pride, pointing to the city’s bond to improve parks and beautification efforts along Roswell Street.
“I can leave this earth knowing that I made a difference,” Lewis said.
She doesn’t have any plans to run for public office again and is ready to move on to the “next stage” of life.
Fleming called himself “very fortunate” to have won the vote by such a small margin, and said he’s always been confident in the election process.
When he takes his seat in January, Fleming says he wants to continue to attract growth to Marietta.
“I think we’ve got a lot of work to do on Marietta City Council, particularly as our region receives even more attention with the Braves announcement (Monday),” Fleming said, referring to the planned relocation of the Atlanta Braves stadium to an unincorporated area of Cobb near Interstates 75 and 285 near Cumberland Mall.