Voters oust Roswell mayor and other incumbents

Kurt Wilson

ROSWELL — It was a bad night for incumbents in Roswell’s city elections Tuesday.

Incumbent mayor Lori Henry was voted out of office and voters gave Kurt Wilson the nod, with 60% of the vote in a three person race. Henry received 33.6% of the vote and Jason Yowell received 6.2% of the votes. There were a total of 15,746 votes cast for mayor. Voter turnout was just over 21%.

Wilson ran on a platform of addressing lingering development and traffic issues and was among the critics of the city’s handling of the Oxbo Road project, which became a major issue in the mayor’s race and in the Roswell city council races.

In city council races where an incumbent was running, the incumbents lost across the board. In the Post 4 race, Peter Vanstrom defeated incumbent Marie Wilsey, garnering 58% of the vote.

In Post 6, Lee Hills defeated incumbent Matt Judy with 56% of the vote. The Post 5 council race did not have an incumbent running and heads to a runoff between Michael Del Cerro and William Morthland. Del Cerro was slightly ahead with 38.2% of the vote to Morthland’s 37.7%. Yalonda Freeman got 23% of the vote in that race.

The runoff for Post 5 os set for Nov. 30.