Owens elected mayor of Senoia

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Larry Owens was elected mayor of Senoia Tuesday in a close race.

Owens, who has served on the Senoia City Council for 11 years, garnered 272 votes to Suzanne Helfman's 223 votes. Donald Rehman got 37 votes.

Owens' votes represented 51 percent of the 533 total votes cast. There was one write-in vote.

'This was one of the best turnouts that Senoia has had for a non-presidential election,' said Owens, who celebrated with a small group of friends and family at Senoia Coffee and Café.

'I appreciate everyone that came out and supported me,' Owens said. 'And for those that didn't, I'll have to work a little bit harder to try to gain their support.'

Owens said the polling place was busy all day. 'To me, it showed a great interest in the race and the future of our community. It's great,' Owens said.

Owens said he has no plans for major changes. 'We're just going to keep on keeping on. We've laid good groundwork for the future. I'm glad to continue to be a part of it,' he said.

He hopes to be able to help make the city even better in the future.

Owens said his opponents did a good job, particularly Helfman. 'She represented herself well, as evidenced by the votes she got.'

'I'm obviously happy to have won,' he said. 'This has all been a group effort from day one. It's never been about one person. It's always been a group effort and will continue to be.'

Mayor Robert Belisle is retiring after seven years as mayor.

'It will be big shoes to fill,' Owens said. 'I appreciate everything I have learned from him, and the rest of the council members through the years. I appreciate all that he has passed along.

'It's been a pleasure working with all the council members, and I'm glad to be able to continue that relationship.'

Owens' seat on the council will be filled by Chuck Eichorst. Eichorst qualified for Owens' seat and did not have any opposition.

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