Norcross voters face pair of runoffs

NORCROSS - City residents will be making their way back to the polls Dec. 2 for a special run-off election in two of the city's three city council races. Matter of fact, the only thing decided in Tuesday's three contests came in the race that had only one candidate. David McLeroy, seeking re-election and running unopposed, is headed back to the city council.

In the seat being vacated by Jeff Allen, Ross Kaul will face Michelle Crofton next month. Kaul finished with 388 votes to Crofton's 346 votes. Former council member Barry Payne finished third with 134 votes.

All results are still considered unofficial.

For Crofton, she said she's pleased with the outcome despite being down by roughly 40 votes.

"We're very pleased since this is my first time running," Crofton said. "We'll take tonight off and then regroup and hopefully the results will be even better next month."

Crofton said during the month she's looking forward to visiting with city residents that she hasn't dropped in on yet. She also called the people of Norcross "precious."

Calls to Kaul were not returned.

In the other city council race for the seat being vacated by Keith Shewbert, Andrew Hixson will face Jan McKinney in the Dec 2. special election. Hixson finished with 384 votes to McKinney's 263. Brian Mock finished third with 216 votes.

For McKinney, who was battling a case of bronchitis Tuesday night, she said she felt great about the election and liked her chances in next month's runoff.

"We just need to reach the voters," she said. She added that it would be great to pick up most of the votes Mock received.

Calls to Hixson were not returned.