Columbus Councilor Judy Thomas said Tuesday night she was humbled by her overwhelming victory over challenger Felecia Hamilton in one of the two citywide council spots.
Thomas had 60.2 percent of vote, compared to 39.63 percent for Hamilton, according to unofficial results from the Musocgee County elections office. Thomas had 13,921 votes to 9,163 from Hamilton.
“I am delighted that the voters have seen fit to let me remain in office,” Thomas said as she greeted supporters at a victory party at a Columbus hotel.
Thomas, 68, was first elected four years ago after serving as chief of staff to Mayor Jim Wetherington from 2006-2010.
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Thomas, who defeated Columbus Realtor Travis Chambers four years ago, said she was pleased to get support from throughout the city.
“I have worked very hard to serve the voters throughout the city and I will continue to do so,” she said.
Wetherington, her former boss, was among those at the victory party where it became obvious early in the night Thomas was not going to have much trouble retaining her seat.
Thomas ran one of the most compelling television commercials of the campaign season. The 30-second spot showed her coming out of the new City Service Center and walking to the second floor of the adjacent parking deck.
When the building opened, city officials had most of the prime parking spots and Thomas was instrumental in forcing a change that gave those spots to citizens.
The ad ends with Thomas getting in her car on the second level and saying that all of the good spots were left for the people.
“Well, let’s just say you put us in our place,” she said as the ad ended.
Thomas said the ad was instrumental in getting her message across.
“A lot of people have come up to me and said they liked the commercial,” she said. “They liked its tone and message. And what I was saying is I put the people first.”
Hamilton, 43, was running her first citywide race. She is the owner of a Macon Road event center, The Gallery at Fountain Park.