Buford’s only contested race on Tuesday’s municipal election ballot has resulted in a new school board member.

Kathleen Perkins Welch overwhelmingly defeated Lien Diaz by a margin of 839 votes to 205 votes in the election. Welch will replace Pat Pirkle, who did not seek re-election this year, on the city school board.

School board member Bruce Fricks was re-elected without opposition, as were City Commissioners Chris Burge and Brad W. Weeks.

I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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