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More candidates reflect on the election

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Natasha Mackey checks votes as the final of five wards report on Tuesday night. Mom Gloria Johnson and stepfather Elwis Johnson, visiting from Washington state, look on. A Ward 1 City Councilor, Mackey lost the mayoral race to incumbent Dennis Kintigh, garnering 1,205 votes to Kintigh’s 1,923 in unofficial results. Mackey and her supporters had gathered at Palace Spa on South Pennsylvania Avenue to await the results. Newly elected City Councilwoman Angela Moore also was there. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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A few more candidates shared their reflections on Tuesday’s 2018 Municipal Election.

Ward 4 candidate Whitney “Whit” Hamill, left, Ward 1 candidate Jacob Roebuck, mayoral candidate Del Jurney, accompanied by his wife and friends, all watch intently as the screen shows unofficial results released at City Hall on Tuesday night. (Alison Penn Photo)

“I have no words,” said Natasha Mackey, a mayoral candidate. “I have no words. We ran a great campaign and I thank you, citizens of Roswell.”

Amanda Horton, a key volunteer with the Mackey campaign, said she thought they ran a great campaign.

“She came out and was ready to get out there and help the people of Roswell,” Horton said of Mackey. “She put her heart and soul (into the) campaign. I am very proud of her.”

Known for the Christmas Railway at Spring River Park & Zoo, Jacob Roebuck defeated three other candidates with 289 votes for Ward 1.

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“I am looking forward to serving Roswell on City Council,” Roebuck said. “Out of the gate, I hope to help get the council focused on doing everything it can to make sure we are over the 50,000 mark in the 2020 census.”

Ward 1 challenger Catarino Munoz thanked those involved for their hard work that made the election process possible.

“The knowledge and experience I’ve gained through this path will be put to use in bettering my community and assisting my neighbors,” Munoz said. “I urge the people of this great city to become even more involved in our wonderful community and city. I’m sure we have a lot of ideas and solutions for our fair city and I know our councilors and mayor are going do their best to make Roswell even better. With all of our help, I know they will accomplish it. Thank you, God bless you, and let’s make this a wonderful place to thrive in.”

Tarra Morgan, Ward 3 candidate, said her first run for public office was an enlightening and educating experience.

“I would like to thank everyone who voted, everyone who supported me — and congratulations to those who were elected,” Morgan said. “I do wish more people would have come out to vote. The statistics of Tuesday’s election saddened me (because of) how many people in the community actually voted. Maybe this will wake up the city to understand that everyone’s vote counts — and if you want a voice in what happens in the city, you have to get out there, take action and vote.”

Another newcomer, Whitney “Whit” Hamill said his first run for public office was a fun experience that he enjoyed and that everyone present at City Hall was emotionally invested in the race.

“I learned that being a public official can be very hard work, but besides that, it was a very rewarding experience campaigning. I would like to run again for council in 2020. I want to thank the 330 voters that came out and voted for me. I am humbled and forever grateful.”

Hamill said he wishes George Peterson the best and Hamill hopes Peterson will represent Roswell and Ward 4 in a positive light. After congratulating those that were re-elected and newly elected, Hamill said the fight for Roswell continues and hopes to see the population hit 50,000.

Mayoral candidate Del Jurney, Ward 1 challenger Jeffrey Cabana, Ward 3 challenger Richard Gracia, and former Ward 5 Councilor Tabitha Denny did not respond by press time.

The votes will be canvassed today by a judge, which will make the votes official, and the newly elected councilors will be sworn in on Monday in time for the meeting on Thursday in the Basset Auditorium at the Roswell Museum and Art Center.

City reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.