Councilwoman Lewis calls for recount after falling to Fleming
by Rachel Gray
November 06, 2013 03:03 AM | 4019 views | 5 5 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marietta City Councilwoman Annette Lewis gathers with others at the city of Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin victory party at the Marietta Museum of History to view the results. Lewis is calling for a recount after being edged out by one vote by challenger Stuart Fleming<br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Marietta City Councilwoman Annette Lewis gathers with others at the city of Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin victory party at the Marietta Museum of History to view the results. Lewis is calling for a recount after being edged out by one vote by challenger Stuart Fleming
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Marietta City Councilman Anthony Coleman is congratulated by lifelong friend Travis Freeman of Marietta on his race against challenger Doug Martin for the council’s Ward 5 seat Tuesday evening at the Union Chapel United Methodist Church.  <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Marietta City Councilman Anthony Coleman is congratulated by lifelong friend Travis Freeman of Marietta on his race against challenger Doug Martin for the council’s Ward 5 seat Tuesday evening at the Union Chapel United Methodist Church.
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Marietta City Councilman Andy Morris held off challenger Marshall Dye to retain his seat on the council Tuesday night at he celebrates with Harry Lembeck of Marietta at The Butcher and the Baker on the Square. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Marietta City Councilman Andy Morris held off challenger Marshall Dye to retain his seat on the council Tuesday night at he celebrates with Harry Lembeck of Marietta at The Butcher and the Baker on the Square.
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MARIETTA — The two-term council woman from Ward 1, Annette Lewis, has called for a recount after losing Tuesday to Stuart Fleming by one vote.

Fleming, who finished one term on the Marietta school board for Ward 5 before being drawn out of the district by the City Council, topped 50 percent with 142 votes to Lewis’s 141 votes.

“I am glad I voted,” Fleming said.

Janine Eveler, director of the Cobb Board of Elections, said there is an automatic recount if the results are less than a 1 percent difference, which is the case for this race.

“They seldom make a mistake, but I will ask for a recount,” Lewis said Tuesday night.

“I want to make sure whatever the results are that they are true,” said Fleming, as he headed to Mayor Steve Tumlin’s victory party at the Marietta Museum of History.

Fleming said he won the majority of support from Ward 1 because residents were happy to have a choice in an election for the first time since Lewis took office in 2006.

Fleming’s support from city officials was evident in his campaign finance reports, which included a $500 contribution from Tom Browning, chairman of the Downtown Marietta Development Authority.

Lewis said Fleming was a good opponent, and as far as regrets in this campaign, she added, “You always wish you could get out and meet people more.”

Fleming said he has the highest respect for Lewis, but his campaign “had to outwork the competition.”

Coleman keeps his seat

Besides the defeat of incumbent Lewis, two other long-serving councilmen were also replaced in this election. Michelle Cooper Kelly, who ran unopposed for retiring Councilman Jim King’s Ward 6 seat, and Realtor Johnny Walker, who ran unopposed for retiring Councilman Johnny Sinclair’s seat.

One incumbent, who has three terms on the council, kept his seat in Ward 5 with just a 5 percent margin.

Anthony Coleman received 245 votes to his opponent’s 219 votes. Coleman’s challenger, Doug Martin, served in the U.S. Marines and ran for Marietta City School Board in 2009.

According to Martin’s campaign contribution reports, he received many $1,000 and $2,500 checks from individuals in Lawrenceville and Acworth.

Coleman said a crowd of friends and family were gathered at Union Chapel United Methodist Church, just north of the 120 loop, to celebrate his victory Tuesday night.

“We are just breaking bread and rejoicing in the sweet victory,” Coleman said.

Coleman said he will continue to make his district a better community and part of a better city.

The widest margin

Tuesday evening, just an hour before the polls closed at 7 p.m., many residents were pulling into the parking lot of the Murray Arts Center at Mount Paran Christian School, across Stilesboro Road from the Marietta County Club.

David and Cindy Sinister, who have lived in Ward 4 for eight years, said they vote every election year because they care about their community.

“We like to think we have an impact,” Cindy Sinister said.

Usually a morning voter in line by 7:01 a.m., Carolyn Attaway was a last-minute voter this year in Ward 4.

“I believe that voting is a privilege that a lot of people around the world do not have,” Attaway said. “I would not feel right sitting at home.”

In Ward 4, incumbent Andy Morris beat challenger Marshall Dye by more than 16 percent, a difference of 248 votes.

Both Morris and Dye were supporters of the $68 million bond that is to be used to redevelop Franklin Road.



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Mayretta voter
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November 06, 2013
She should call for a recount. It is utterly ridiculous that someone could win or lose by one vote. Of course, I am not sure what happens in the event that the result is the same at a 1 vote difference. At least it would have been counted twice.
Marietta Taxpayer
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November 06, 2013
I so wish I could move out of Ward 5. Another racist vote by the majority based on skin color. All too familiar nowadays.

They should re-district again and let the voters decide what ward they want to be in. I'm a pawn to my government and their taxation without representation.
Goes to show
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November 06, 2013
It goes to prove if you treat people well you keep office. Ms. Lewis showed arrogance and was rude to some she should not have been rude to. Boy did that come home to roost.
recount? how?
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November 06, 2013
How do we recount votes from electronic voting machines?

Reboot the Windows computer, reopen Excel, and see if it displays the same column sums as calculated by some internal Excel code written by some unknown Microsoft employee 20 years ago?

Do we set the voting machines back up and press all the areas of their screens that we believe were pressed based on the records kept by the machines? Oh, wait, no, the machines keep no records. They keep only results, with no way to determine accuracy.

What DO we do to recount? Please explain!
Concerned Mariettan
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November 06, 2013
The electronic voting machines will re-tabulate their results, while the mailed in absentee ballots will be recounted by hand. There is also the possibility of an absentee ballot being mailed yesterday or Monday and reaching the BOE today, tomorrow, or Friday.
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