NORCROSS -- Coffee shop owner Keith Shewbert bested incumbent Ross Kaul for a return to the Norcross City County in Tuesday's voting, while longtime councilman David McLeroy kept his spot.
Shewbert, a Norcross councilman from 2006 to 2008, claimed almost 55 percent of the unofficial vote announced Tuesday night. His 465 votes topped the 386 unofficially totalled for Ross Kaul, who had been on the council for two consecutive terms.
Shewbert is the owner of Norcross' 45 South coffee shop. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday night, but previously said that he ran for office because the city didn't have enough competition for council seats.
"I believe in a smaller and more efficient government closer to the people," he told the Daily Post last week. "We want to have more citizen-driven input, more input from citizens in setting the vision for the community."
Kaul could not be reached for comment late Tuesday.
Incumbent David McLeroy claimed another council seat and his sixth term in office by taking more than 62 percent of the unofficial vote. McLeroy's 538 votes were better than the 323 compiled by non-partisan challenger Arlene Beckles.
He said Tuesday's result felt like "a big vote of confident from the citizens."
"We have our big retreat in January where we decide what we want to do for 2013," McLeroy said. "We want to get some of our land that we've acquired over the last several years and turn it into parks and trails and useful space," adding that the redevelopment of Buford Highway is still high on the project list.
Beckles, an IT manager and political newcomer, could not be reached for comment.
Norcross Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Hixson ran unopposed and had 721 votes.