FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - For the first time in his 16-year mayorship, Fort Valley mayor John Stumbo had a challenger--veteran councilwoman Barbara Williams.
Williams had been a member of the city council for 16 years, and decided to run for mayor this year.
After the results came in at the Fort Valley courthouse, Williams celebrated her win at Central Union Missionary Baptist Church where supporters joined her for refreshments, smiles and hugs to help mark the occasion.
Williams pointed to her experience on the city council as a key to future success.
"I'm excited that people chose me, that the people's choice was, as I said, me. After working on the council for 16 years, I felt like I have the experience to do what needs to be done. And of course it's going to be a challenge and I'm up for the challenge."
Incumbent John Stumbo did not get the results he expected tonight. Stumbo retreated to his house after the results were announced and gathered with his close friends. Despite the loss, he appreciates the democratic system Americans live in.
"The people have made a choice and I'm going to support that choice. And I'll do everything I can to make the transition as good as possible for Ms. Williams."