Al Franklin looks at his victorious numbers on March 18 in Lithoina.
It didn’t take much for former Lithonia City Council member Al Franklin to win Tuesday’s election to fill the seat held by Patricia Miller. Only 56 voters turned out for the city’s special election, with 30 casting their ballots for Franklin.
Timalyne Horton, a novice political contender, received eight votes, while Nakkeya Sparrow, who also ran for office for the first time, received 18 votes in the three-way race.
The Lithonia City Council seat became available when Miller’s four-year term ended in January. She decided not to run for re-election but served until the special election could be held to fill her seat on the five-member council.
Franklin thanked voters for their support and said he is ready to get back to work.
“I’m so excited and very thankful for the voters. We really need to focus on cleaning up the city. We need a beautification project in Lithonia,” said Franklin, who was canvassing for votes in the rain last night in 30 degree weather. “Ultimately, I plan to involve all hands on board, both residents and lawmakers, to make sure the proper legislation is in place. If we take the lead on this, we can make the city a beautiful place and attract more businesses in the process.”
Franklin served on the city council from 2009 - 2011. He says this is his third time being re-elected to Lithonia's city council.
Typically, Lithonia, which has about 1,100 registered voters, draws about 300 voters for its elections.