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VIDEO: Cupid Tops Thompson in Commission Race

With all precincts reporting, the 35-year-old law and public administration student defeated the three-term incumbent in Tuesday's Democratic runoff.

Lisa Cupid will likely be the only new member of the Cobb Board of Commissioners after November's election, as well as its only Democrat.

With all 35 precincts reporting 4,053 votes, the 35-year-old law and public administration student at Georgia State gained 75.6 percent in Tuesday's Democratic runoff for the Southwest Cobb District 4 commission seat. The incumbent, real estate broker Woody Thompson, had the remaining 24.4 percent. 

Since no Republicans qualified for the seat, it appears that Cupid will be the only candidate on the ballot in November, nearly guaranteeing her the victory.

Set to graduate in December, Cupid, of Austell, is the community facilitator for the Austell Community Partnership. She also has a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech.

Her background includes work with metro Atlanta’s 15 Chambers of Commerce, in the Governor’s Office, and as a policy analyst researcher.

Cupid moved to South Cobb 10 years ago when she married her Georgia Tech sweetheart, Craig Cupid. They have two sons, 3-year-old Nehemiah and 1-year-old Noah. 

Thompson, 65, first joined the commission as a Republican in 1997 to 2004, when he was defeated by Democrat Annette Kesting. Switching to the Democratic party, Thompson then beat her in 2008.

In the July 31 primary, Cupid gained 40 percent of the vote to Thompson's 27 percent. They were among a field of six Democrats, so since neither gained 50 percent plus one, they moved on to a runoff as the top two vote-getters.

Check back with Patch for continuing updates on the runoff elections.

What is your reaction to the results? Tell us in the comments.

Geneva Vanderhorst August 24, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Lisa, Congrats on your well deserved win! although I do not live in the district, I am extremely pleased at the outcome of this race. I am excited about the future of South Cobb, especially for our young people. Geneva Vanderhorst STING, Inc.
C. Vinson August 24, 2012 at 12:20 PM
I am excited about seeing Southwest Cobb represented by Lisa. Woody served well, but Lisa brings a fresh set of eyes and energy that is so desperately needed now in this part of the County. I believe she will work with the other Commissioners, but also work hard for her constituents. - Cheryl
C. Vinson August 24, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Jackpot I wholeheartedly agree. Do try to attend meetings when I can, and stay informed about what's going on through my membership in the Mableton Improvement Coalition (MIC). Additionally I try to encourage neighbors to attend the meetings with me, and have often brought them. If we all do some of these things there is no reason why South Cobb cannot rival other parts of the county in quality ans services. - Cheryl
C. Vinson August 24, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I'll be the first to admit that voting for Kesting was a big mistake. Which is why Woody won his seat back so easily. Her election was also a desperate call for a change from the "I don't have to listen to my constituents", good old boy, unchallenged incumbent attitude residents encountered. I've heard Lisa on a few occasions and believe that she has what it takes to move the County forward. - Cheryl
C. Vinson August 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Stan I'm 100% with you on this one. It threw me off when I realized that we are governed by the Chairman, but couldn't vote for the candidate unless we voted Republican. And this 50+1 stuff causes problems as well. Run-offs cost everyone a lot of money not just the candidates.

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