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Women win all 4 seats up for grabs in Auburn

LAWRENCEVILLE - It was ladies night in Auburn Tuesday, as women won all four seats up for grabs in the city.

Former City Councilwoman Linda Blechinger won the mayor's race over William Ackworth, taking 198 votes to his 192.

Blechinger did not return several phone calls seeking comment, but Ackworth said he was pleased with the effort he put into the race.

"I feel just fine," he said. "I'm darn tired."

Peggy Langley and incumbent Dorissa Shackelford were the top two vote-getters in a five-way race for two council seats, taking in 179 and 154 votes respectively. Tauheed Ferguson had 150 votes, while former school board member Beverly Kelley had 125 and Elbert Scouten, whose wife, Linda, is on the council, won 79.

Langley did not return a phone call seeking comment. Shackelford said she was pleasantly surprised to have won her race, and complimented Ferguson and Ackworth on their strong showings.

"I'm so impressed with what they accomplished without winning," she said. "That overshadows everything else."

Ferguson said he plans to stay involved in Auburn politics and would like to run again. Kelley's husband, Clay, who also ran for a council seat in a special election, said his wife may run again for the Barrow County school board.

Clay Kelley took home 76 votes in the special election to replace Blechinger on the council. Peter Hoover had 112 votes in the race that was won by Sally Brown with 203.

Hoover said he appreciates Brown's passion for the city, and wishes her luck on the council.

Brown said she was tired and excited after her victory.

"There's a great chance to make some changes in the city," she said.

"We made history tonight. We're an all-female council and mayor."