LAWRENCEVILLE - The second time's the charm for Rex Millsaps, who snagged the votes for mayor of Lawrenceville.
Millsaps defeated David Rodriguez, 1,063 to 702 votes, with third mayoral candidate George Abney coming in last with 66 votes.
"It's wonderful," the new mayor said of his win. "I've got a lot to do to get ready for this term."
This is Millsaps' second time running for mayor. He said he has big shoes to fill as he plans to follow the late Mayor Bobby Sikes.
Millsaps said he will be doing his homework over the next few months to prepare for January when he will begin his term.
Rodriguez's advice for Millsaps? "Listen to the people," he said.
The new mayor said he plans to continue the work Sikes started, beginning by welcoming the Aurora Theater to the city and continuing to develop downtown.
"Over the next two years I'll be asking for the support and prayers of community members in making decisions," he said.
"I'm looking forward to a smooth transition as I step in as mayor," he said.
Johnson, Crowe win
Running unopposed, Judy Jordan Johnson received 1,569 votes for City Council.
She said her focus will be working with the mayor and her fellow council members to complete current projects.
Mike Crow came out in the lead over Mary Thompson, receiving 969 of the 1,809 votes for the Post 2 seat. Thompson received 840 votes.
Thompson said she was disappointed with the results but happy with voter turnout.
Crow said he looks forward to working with the council and mayor to bring Lawrenceville to the point where it should be.
"I'm looking forward to a great future with Lawrenceville," he said.