Richmond Hill City Council District 4 will have a new face on board now that Marilyn Hodges has beaten incumbent Billy Albritton, according to the unofficial results of Tuesday's runoff election.
The final count was 194-131 in favor of Hodges, which included early voting, Probate Judge Sam Davis said.
"It was a little bigger of a turnout than we had anticipated, but that's a good thing," he said.
Albritton and Hodges went head-to-head for the position after the regular city electoin on Nov. 6.
Hodges said the win left her speechless.
"I'm overwhelmed and I don't even know what to think," she said. "It's really good. I would like to thank everyone who voted an all my supporters. I hope I do the citizens of Richmond Hill proud. It was a lot of hard work and we had a great time doing it."
Albritton said he was glad the election was over.
"I'm still going to be involved with what I'm involved with now. She ran a good race and she beat me. I congratulate her. It's been three months of campaigning and I'm glad it's done with," he said.
In the Nov. 6 election, Albritton got 10 more votes than Hodges.
To avoid having held a runoff, he would have needed 81 more, or 50 percent plus one. Final Nov. 6 Post 4 results were Albritton 264 votes, Hodges 254, Kevin Artz 108 and Darryl Peterman 85.