Mitchell received 1,079 votes, with opponent Doug DeRito receiving 1,072 votes.
“I am happy to be a member of this council that truly seeks the good of the community and moving it forward. I can rest my head at night with the knowledge that I truly ran a clean campaign,” Mitchell said. “I did not resort to slander or half truths to make my opponent look bad. I did not support any letters based on falsehoods and I was proud to put my name on everything I sent out from my campaign. To be perfectly truthful, I am glad to have this campaign over and be onto business. I have had about enough politics to last a lifetime. Now I can get on with the real reason I ran for office to begin with, to help move Alpharetta forward. This is a great city with great people and I am sincerely proud to be a part of it.”
Georgia law governing elections says that when the difference in the number of votes between candidates is less than 1 percent of the total votes cast, a recount may be requested by the losing candidate.
“I lost by seven votes, but am thankful for all the support I did receive. I called and congratulated Donald Mitchell on his win. He was not present at the recount. I wished him and our city the very best,” DeRito said last Wednesday following the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections recount.