Incumbent keeps Norcross City Council seat; runoff for remaining two seats

NORCROSS - Norcross voters will be asked to go to the polls once again to determine who will join re-elected David McLeroy for the remaining two seats on the Norcross city council.

David McLeroy on Tuesday was elected for another term as Norcross councilman. An unofficial 440 votes won McLeroy the seat over Dodger DeLeon's 420 votes.

"It was a nice race, and I believe voters chose the right man for the job," McLeroy said. "I'm looking forward to another two years."

He said he looks forward to working with whoever fills the other two seats and continuing to fulfill the needs of the growing city.

Michael Lovelady's and Jeff Allen's names will appear on the ballots again for a runoff slated for Dec. 5.

The votes totaled to 374 for Allen, 372 votes for Lovelady and 116 votes for Barry Payne.

Lovelady said he has advice for voters who will be going to the polls for round two. He is encouraging voters to check his voting record and to make an informed choice.

"My plans are to address all the voters and to address all the issues of the campaign," he said of the upcoming runoff.

Joining Lovelady and Allen on the ballot for a chance for another City Council seat are Julie Barks and Keith Schewbert.

Barks received 296 of the 855 votes, 322 went to Schewbert and 237 votes for Joshua Bare.

"I've got on my running shoes," Barks said. "I've been involved in a runoff before and I'm busy working already."

Schewbert said he's happy with the results and is looking forward to the runoff.

He said he would like to have a few public debates before the December runoff so voters can make an informed choice.

All the candidates urged the residents of Norcross to go back to City Hall to vote in less than a month, and encouraged them to do their homework before going to the polls.

The candidates said this year's turnout was one of the highest voter turnouts the city had seen.