October 24, 2020

Putzek wins council race by one vote

(Franklin, GA) — Bank of the Ozarks branch manager Cindy Putzek took the race for the vacated Franklin City Council seat Tuesday winning by just a single vote over second place vote-getter and retired housewife Linda Phillips.

Putzek garnered 58 votes while Phillips captured 57 votes in the special election to replace Shane Manders who vacated the position this summer after moving out of the city limits.

Cindy Putzek

Cindy Putzek

The two female candidates dominated the voting in the four person race taking 115 of the 141 total votes cast in the paper ballot election at the new city hall.

Fairburn police detective Charles Israel finished in third place with 15 votes and retired respiratory therapist Robert “Bob” Krach received 11 votes.

The paper ballots were counted only once Tuesday evening just after 7:00 PM, and there will be no runoff in the winner take all special election.

Putzek was thankful for the support she received from the city voters.

“Never say that your vote does count — one vote does make a difference,” said Putzek after her win Tuesday night.

“I am honored to be a part of this council and a part of this wonderful community. This was a great group of people that ran for this position and it was an honor to run with them — I hope that in the future we will all be working together.”

Putzek has several things that she hopes to work on while a part of the council.

“I think there are several important goals I want to work on for the city including infrastructure, housing, and of course education is always going to be at the top of our list.”

The Mayor position and all city council seats will be up for re-election in 2017 to take office in 2018.

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