Stewart, Lancey fill council seats in city runoff

by Mark Millican

For the first time in history, women will hold the majority of seats on the five-person Ellijay City Council.

In the runoff election held Tuesday, Lynelle Reece Stewart led the pack of four candidates for the two seats in contention with 81 votes. Incumbent Katie Lancey with 71 votes squeezed out Jerry Baxter with 70 and Roy “Smitty” Smith with 69.

For a few minutes, there appeared to be a chance of another runoff when it seemed Lancey and Baxter were tied with 70 votes. Then election officials rechecked the ballot box and a folded-up ballot was stuck in a corner.

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