2017-04-19 / Front Page

Carswell is new mayor

By Diana Royal

Gregory Carswell Jr. Gregory Carswell Jr. The City of Waynesboro now has a mayor.

Gregory Carswell Jr. became the city’s newest leader in a run-off election last night (Tuesday) after pulling 58.89 percent of the votes. He garnered 497 votes while his opponent, Kathy Owens, picked up 347.

The voter turnout for the run-off was not much higher than that of the special election held in March. Of Waynesboro’s 3,427 registered voters, 848 (24.74 percent) cast their ballots this time around, a slight increase from the 756 (22 percent) recorded in March. In that election, Owens carried the most votes (252 to Carswell’s 245).

Upon winning, Carswell stated, “The people’s voices have been heard. Now all I want to do is work together and do what’s best for all the people of Waynesboro.”

This will be Carswell’s first term in public office. He is replacing the late Waynesboro Mayor Pauline Jenkins who died while in office last August.

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