Morris earned 1,530 votes, or 57 percent, in Tuesday’s special election to fill the vacancy in Ward 4 created when attorney Van Pearlberg resigned to run for a seat on the Cobb Superior Court bench. Patti Pearlberg earned 1,136 votes, or 42 percent.
Morris said he is excited to serve on the Council again.
“I have experience, so I’ll be able to start from day one,” Morris said. “I know all the city employees, so I’ll work with them. I’ve had several people worried about cut-through traffic cutting through the local streets, Kennesaw, St. Marys, and others that are in my ward. I want to sit down with the mayor and see what’s coming up and help him. I’ve known him since elementary school, so I know we’ll work well together.”
Morris said he talked to the mayor Tuesday night and will be sworn in at the council’s agenda-prep meeting on Aug. 6 and will serve through Dec. 31, 2013.
Morris spoke highly of Patti Pearlberg.
“She ran a good, clean race,” Morris said. “I ran against her husband back in 2002, and I knew both of them. I appreciate her keeping it clean.”
Morris, 65, regained the seat he held from 2002 to 2005, when he did not seek re-election.
Morris is a semi-retired real estate specialist. Early in his campaign, Morris said the biggest difference between Patti Pearlberg and himself is his staunch support of WellStar Health System. In city finances, he said he would take a second look at spending money on the Marietta Redevelopment Corporation, but believes the city should continue to subsidize the history museum.
Morris had said he was the better candidate to tackle the city’s challenges, which he said include recruiting new businesses, redevelopment, ensuring residents a good quality of life with an affordable budget, and continuing to enhance downtown Marietta.
Patti Pearlberg, 56, had sought to win the post her husband held since 2006. She is a real-estate attorney and does not have any previous political experience.
“It’s incredibly frustrating how poorly the results are being reported,” Pearlberg said as the results were coming in.
Pearlberg lost her election along with her husband, Van Pearlberg, who lost his race for Superior Court Judge.