Mary Parham-Copelan, a newcomer in the local political arena, upset Milledgeville Mayor Gary L. Thrower in his bid to for re-election in Tuesday’s city election by a total of six votes.
Her victory cast her into the history books, too.
Parham-Copelan, who grew up in Milledgeville, becomes the first woman to win election to that office.
“Oh my goodness; oh my goodness,” said Parham-Copelan after she learned that she had won election to the office of mayor on the first floor of the Baldwin County Courthouse in downtown Milledgeville on Tuesday night. “Milledgeville wanted a change and they got out there and worked hard for me and they made this change possible.”
She was humbled by the support that she received from voters in her first-ever run at elected office.
“I am very, very excited and happy and eager to start working for all the people of Milledgeville,” Parham-Copelan told The Union-Recorder.
Parham-Copelan, who couldn’t stop smiling after she narrowly defeated the incumbent mayor by a half-dozen votes.
Unofficial election results reveal that Parham-Copelan garnered a total of 833 votes to Thrower’s 827 votes.
In the only contested race for Milledgeville City Council, incumbent Alderman Richard “Boo” Mullins Jr. defeated Harry E. Keim to reclaim the District 5 seat that he has held for the past 17 years.
Mullins received a total of 254 votes, while Keim collected a total of 101 votes.
In the Georgia Military College Board of Trustees District 6 race, Mike D. Cobb defeated Calvin Hill.
Cobb garnered a total of 435 votes to Hill’s 189 votes.