Bender, Howard, Witts Win in Snellville City Council Election

Posts 3, 4 and 5 were on the ballot Tuesday in the November general election.

From left: Barbara Bender, Bobby Howard and Tom Witts won the Snellville City Council election Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.
From left: Barbara Bender, Bobby Howard and Tom Witts won the Snellville City Council election Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013.
This article was originally posted at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.

After months of campaigning, Election Day came and went and the voting results are finally in for the Snellville City Council election. 

The winning candidates are Mayor Pro Tem Witts for Post 3, Councilman Bobby Howard for Post 4 and former Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Bender for Post 5.

The results were announced around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 5) at Snellville City Hall. Here's a breakdown of the total votes:

Post 3
Candidate Alisa Boykin: 877 votes (41 percent)
Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts (incumbent): 1,249 votes (59 percent)
(Voter breakdown: Boykin, 692 votes at the polls, 185 absentee votes; Witts, 811 votes at the polls, 437 absentee votes, 1 provisional ballot)

Post 4
Candidate Dexter Harrison: 1,028 votes (48 percent)
Councilman Bobby Howard (incumbent): 1,109 votes (52 percent)
(Voter breakdown: Harrison, 785 votes at the polls, 243 absentee votes; Howard, 721 votes at the polls, 387 absentee votes, 1 provisional ballot)

Post 5
Candidate Barbara Bender: 1,315 votes (61 percent)
Councilman Mike Sabbagh (incumbent): 834 votes (39 percent)
(Voter breakdown: Bender, 883 votes at the polls, 431 absentee votes, 1 provisional ballot; Sabbagh, 634 votes at the polls, 200 absentee votes)

What do you think of the election results? Tell us in the comments.
Darcey Bailey November 11, 2013 at 05:04 PM
And I think we need to move on from the election. What Snellville should be focused on is that both Snellville high schools made it to the football playoffs this year!!! South Gwinnett takes on Alpharetta and Brookwood will play Lambert. Snellville should really try and show up and support these boys as they play! They have worked extremely hard and it's showing. I'd love to see the city more involved with our sports teams. These high school students are the future voters/residents of Snellville!
Matt Czarick November 11, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Darcy, I do have an 8th grade daughter, Katherine, who went to Britt, but she does not go to SMS. I am sure she is friends with your daughter. There are only 11 people in GA with my last name (all related) and 6 of them are my wife, my 4 kids, and myself.
Darcey Bailey November 11, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Yes that's her! I remember her. They are facebook friends, lol
Michelle McGill Couch November 11, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Very cool for SGHS and Brookwood teams. My old company did the SGHS football program for a few years. Was always one of my favorite projects. Congrats to both teams! Way to represent Snellville!!!
Claudette Forbes November 12, 2013 at 07:44 AM
I do like the voter registration drive suggested by Michelle McGill Couch. I have experience in that are and would be happy to assist. Regarding racism in Snellville, I never thought it existed either. I have several close Caucasian friends and being from the West Indies where racism is non-existent I was not looking for it. However, I was stunned when I came face to face with it. I really thought he was joking until I saw his face twisted in hate and rancor. For those who say it is not in Snellville, I say to you “he who feels it knows it”. Having said that I will not discuss this ugly topic anymore. I have asked our city leaders to have a discussion and so far they have not responded. It is clear that the tone of our city is directed by the people who lead it. Regarding the voting rights of felons in Georgia, it is my understanding that ex-felons (those who have paid back their debts to society) can vote, but inmates, parolees and probationers can't. I wish you all the best.


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