Gabriel Sterling

Gabriel Sterling collected three-fourths of the votes cast in a special election March 15 and won a seat on Sandy Springs City Council.

Sterling received 75.7 percent of the 811 votes cast in the election to fill the District 4 council seat, according to the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections. Chiteka Jackson collected 19.7 percent of the vote and Dennis Williams received about 4.5 percent.

Turnout was light in the election to choose a council member to replace former Councilwoman Ashley Jenkins, who resigned.

At mid-afternoon March 15, only a dozen voters had cast ballots at the polling place in the Hammond Park Gym, one of five polling places in the district. More than 90 voters turned out at the second polling place in Hammond Park, the park’s community center.

“It’s been very, very slow,” said Marian Lynch, poll manager at the Hammond Park Gym.

Only registered voters in District 4 could cast ballots in the special election. Lynch said a number of would-be voters were turned away because they lived outside the district.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.