Mayor-elect Dennis Kintigh hugs his wife, Carol, while former Roswell Mayor Bill Owen looks on Tuesday night at Cattleman’s Steakhouse, where supporters gathered to watch the election results. (Randal Seyler Photo)
Challenger Dennis Kintigh was elected Roswell’s newest mayor Tuesday, soundly defeating Del Jurney in a decisive victory.
The former state representative took the seat from the one-term incumbent with 69 percent of the vote.
“It’s incredible,” Kintigh said. “The voters have spoken and the win was overwhelming. That’s humbling. I think it’s clear that people here want to take this city in a new direction. It’s my responsibility to make sure that happens.”
Kintigh waited for campaign results at Cattleman’s Steakhouse with friends and supporters. He gave a victory speech, thanking them for their support during the campaign.
“Thank you, you made this happen with your support and your prayers,” Kintigh told the group. “I am humbled and honored to have that support from you, and I will strive diligently not to fail you.”
Nearly 20 percent of the 25,554 registered city voters turned out to cast ballots in the election.
The turnout was average for city elections, according to City Clerk Sharon Coll.
The final, unofficial tally showed Kintigh received 3,502 votes, with Jurney taking 1,590. The election results will be certified by a judge by Friday, according to City Manager Larry Fry.
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