Copelan Eeks Out Five - Vote Mayoral Victory

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Mary Parham Copelan is set to become Milledgeville’s first female African American mayor.


Copelan beat incumbent Gary Thrower by a five-vote margin in an election that will be certified today. 


Baldwin County Probate Court Judge and Superintendent in Tuesday’s election Todd Blackwell told WRGC that certification opens a two-day window for Thrower to request a recount in the close mayoral race.


Tuesday night, Thrower said he would await the final tally to decide about a recount. But added that if everything remains the same, he would throw his full support behind Copelan, and do everything he can to help her prepare for day one. 


Copelan told WRGC in October that she’s ready to dedicate her full efforts to Milledgeville from the start.


“An intricate part for me is my desire to be a full-time mayor on a part-time position. And what I mean by that is being there everyday.”

In other election results, Richard Mullins retained his fifth district seat on the Milledgeville City Council and Mike Cobb won the sixth district race for the Georgia Millitary College Board of Trustees.


Milledgeville residents cast 1,677 ballots in Tuesday’s election. That’s just under 26 percent of the city’s total electorate.