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Local businessman Joey Cochran elected to Cumming City Council
Joey Cochran
Joey Cochran

City voters have elected a new Cumming City Council member for the Post 3 seat.

Joey Cochran, owner of Downtown Auto Sales, earned 270 votes, about 57% of the 478 ballots cast, over opponents Jason May, who received 185 votes, or 39 percent of the total, and Brent Patrick, who earned 18 votes, about 4 percent of the total. The remaining vote went to a write-in candidate.

He will replace outgoing Councilman Lewis Ledbetter, who did not seek re-election for the seat he was first elected to in 1970.

Reached on Tuesday night, Cochran said the victory was “unbelievable” and expressed gratitude for voters and volunteers of the campaign.

“I’m just ecstatic that I have this much support and confidence from the city residents, and I’m just overwhelmed, I suppose,” Cochran said. “I’m humble from all the support I got from the voters, the community, people that got out and worked for me, all the effort. This was not a one-person thing, and I couldn’t have done it without each one of them.”

Cochran is a Cumming native and a graduate of Forsyth County High School (now Forsyth Central) and Piedmont College. He is the son of former Councilman Henry Cochran, who served in the 1960s.

“It’s just sinking in,” Cochran said. “As far as the legacy, I wish he was here to have enjoyed this. I know he would have been proud of the fact that I won or ran or whatever. He would be ecstatic as well.”

On the campaign trail, Cochran said he wanted to improve traffic, keep property taxes low, implement 5G Smart City solutions and protect the city’s water system.

Cochran said he will be officially sworn in to the seat in January and plans to get acquainted with city business until then.

“I will be trying to get to every city event that I can get to, all the meetings, to try to get up to speed so that when January rolls around, I will be ready to go,” he said.

Also on the evening’s ballots were Post 4 and 5 councilmembers Christopher Light and Linda Ledbetter, who were both elected to their first terms in 2015 and did not face opposition.

Advance voting for the election was held on weekdays from Monday, Oct. 14 through Friday, Nov. 1 at Cumming City Hall, and 268 voters cast ballots in-person and five my mail over that time period.