Lindsay Ballow, left, congratulates Doug Thompson, right, on Thompson's re-election Nov. 5.
Lindsay Ballow, left, congratulates Doug Thompson, right, on Thompson’s re-election Nov. 5.

Two incumbent Dunwoody City Councilmen won re-election Nov. 5 and one of the “clean sweep” candidates who campaigned against the city’s current direction also won.

Incumbent Denny Shortal claimed 58 percent of the vote for Post 1, District 1 and fellow Councilman Doug Thompson took 51 percent in the race for the District 3, Post 3 seat, according to unofficial results from DeKalb County Voter Registrations and Elections.

Newcomer Jim Riticher took 52 percent of the votes to claim the District 2, Post 2 seat over two candidates, Heyward Wescott and William A.J. Mercier. Incumbent Adrian Bonser did not seek re-election.

Riticher was one of three candidates who declared they were running together as a slate in an effort to change the direction of city government.

At an Election Night party at Marlow’s Tavern for the three “clean sweep” candidates, Riticher said he thought he could make a difference as the sole newcomer.

Jim Riticher on Election Night.

“I can keep them on their toes. I can bring things to the floor that can’t be brought in three minutes of one-way conversation,” Riticher said. “We’ll try to shine lots of light.

Shortal, who held his election night victory party at Alison’s Restaurant, said he would work to try to bring people together after the election. “My idea is to move forward …,” Shortal said. “This is our city. We all need to stand together.”

Thompson and Wescott held a combined gathering at O’Brians Tavern that was attended by a number of city officials, including Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody), Mayor Mike Davis and several other council members.

Thompson said he thought the divisive campaign showed the city was closely divided on a number of issues.

“It was so that that I don’t think either side can think their platform was the consensus opinion of the majority of Dunwoody,” Thompson said. “I think the election showed the issues we’re dealing with are very close in citizens’ minds. I think we’ll have to continue to listen to citizens and make the right decisions going forward.”

Dunwoody City Councilman Denny Shortal and his wife, Meredy Shortal, after his re-election Nov. 5.

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.