New mayor of Morrow wins by one vote - CBS46 News

New mayor of Morrow wins by one vote

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Source: Clayton Daily News Source: Clayton Daily News
MORROW, GA (CBS46) -

If you think one person can't make a difference, think again. The new mayor of Morrow was decided by one vote.

J.B. Burke, 62, and 59-year-old Jeff DeTar both had 173 votes a piece after the votes were counted on election day.

The sole provisional ballot was the deciding vote giving Burke the win.

Current mayor Jim Millirons did not run for re-election. Burke will be city's first new mayor in 16 years.

"There's an important lesson to be drawn from J.B. Burke's race. His one-vote margin is an important reminder that the power of a single individual can change the course of an entire election," said Democratic Party of Georgia Chairman Mike Berlon. "This will be critical for us in the 2012 election cycle."

Prior to Election Day, Burke was hospitalized due to a serious car accident and was unable to effectively continue his campaign. He was recently released from the hospital after a two month stay.

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