With 3 out of 3 precincts reporting, unofficial elections results from Tuesday’s runoff show North garnered 656 votes, or 52 percent of the vote to Wigington’s 601 votes, or 48 percent.
The seat was vacated by Bob Weatherford, who bested Bill Byrne in the runoff for the Republican nomination to represent northwest Cobb on the county’s Board of Commissioners.
North ran unsuccessfully for alderman in 2004, 2007 and 2011, and said he appreciated the trust Acworth voters placed in him.
“The voters of Acworth have spoken, and it is with a humbled and grateful heart that I say thank you to each of them,” he said. “Thank you so very much for the incredible opportunity you have given me tonight.”
Wigington called his first foray into politics a “roller coaster ride” and wished North luck.
“We became friends in the course of this,” he said. “(North) will be a good representative for our city.”
The two candidates spent Election Day waving campaign signs near polling stations and encouraging Acworth residents to vote. North then headed home to watch the returns, while Wigington went to Henry’s Louisiana Grill on North Main Street in the city’s downtown to see how the race turned out.
Wigington and North went to the runoff after edging out a third candidate, Lockheed-Martin retiree Patrick Cooney, in the May 20 primary. In that race, North and Wigington were virtually tied, with North garnering 591 ballots, or 41 percent of the vote. Wigington had 587 votes, which also equaled 41 percent.
Both candidates talked Tuesday about running a clean campaign.
North likened it to a football game where players from two teams go onto the field with the intention of playing their hardest, “but knowing one of them is going to be the winner and one of them is going to be the loser.”
Wigington agreed: “I think both of us have run a very fair campaign, I don’t have any regrets.”
Both spent their time leading up to the runoff touting their job experience and service to the community.
North is the outpatient clinic manager at Life University and has spent nine years on the city’s planning and zoning board. He has eight years of service as president of the Blue Springs homeowner’s association.
Wigington runs Brookwood Christian School off Wood Street with his wife, Kim.
Wigington serves on the media team at NorthStar Church in Kennesaw, and is secretary-treasurer on the Acworth Historic Preservation Commission. He said he would consider running for office again if the right circumstance presented itself.
As for North, he’s ready to get started on the Board of Aldermen.
“I wanted so badly to serve and I can’t wait to get in and to be part of Acworth’s future,” he said. “The best is yet to come, I really believe that.”