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Owens ekes out win to become Senoia mayor

The mayor’s race in Senoia ended Tuesday night with Councilman Larry Owens receiving 51 percent of the ballots cast in the three-way race.

The Nov. 5 mayoral election saw Owens competing with Senoia Downtown Development Authority Chairman Suzanne Helfman and retiree Don Rehman.

Of the 500 ballots cast, the unofficial results showed Owens with 256 votes, Helfman with 209 votes and Rehman with 37. Those numbers gave Owens 51.03 percent of the vote while Helfman received 41.84 percent.

The voter turnout was approximately 25 percent, with a total of 536 ballots cast from a pool of 2,150 registered voters.

Also on the Senoia ballot were the uncontested races for Post 1 candidate Chuck Eichorst and Post 2 Councilman Jeff Fisher.

To the west in Sharpsburg there was only one contested race. Incumbent Councilman Keith Rhodes received 36 votes in the contest with challenger Polly Garlington who received 13 votes.

Councilman James Clay Cole faced no opposition in the November contest.

The 50 ballots cast in Sharpsburg equated to a 27 percent voter turnout.

After the polls closed Coweta County Elections Supervisor Jane Scoggins said the only votes outstanding were the 11 provisional ballots from all municipalities.

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Having followed Senoia elections for 20+ years I can tell you a fifty vote margin in a three-way race is not considered "close" at all. Belisle won his first mayor's race by 11 votes. Owens won a council race by 1 vote. This race was not close by Senoia standards!

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