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Ken Hymes launches bid for Smyrna Mayor


Ken Hymes officially launched his campaign to become the next Mayor of Smyrna at the Vineyard Wine Market in front of a packed room of family, friends, and supporters. Hymes, a Director of Product Management, is running to unseat current Mayor Derick Norton. A third candidate in the mayor’s race is Alex Backry, who is retired.

During his campaign launch, Hymes talked about servant leadership as he pledged to keep citizens and their interest as his top priority. He shared background information about himself before explaining to the enthusiastic crowd why he decided to run for Mayor. He also shared why he is the better candidate to represent the citizens of Smyrna as he pointed to fiscal responsibility, strategic vision, and trust and transparency. Hymes told the crowd that one of the key points of his campaign is a focus on transparency in government. He emphasized the importance of open and accountable government practices as a differentiating factor between himself and the current mayor. To learn more about Hymes’ campaign for Smyrna Mayor, visit his website at hymes4smyrna.com.

Municipal Elections in Cobb County

Non-partisan municipal elections are scheduled for November 7th in five of the seven cities within Cobb County. These elections will be conducted by Cobb County elections. Each city will have one advanced voting location along with an absentee ballot drop-box. Absentee voting applications are now available by contacting Cobb Elections.

For those looking to vote early, early voting will be available from Monday through Friday, from 8am to 6pm, over a three-week period from October 16 to November 3. There will also be Saturday voting on October 21 and October 28, from 9am to 5pm.

In addition to the mayor’s race in Smyrna, council positions are also up for reelection. While council members are elected in wards or districts, the mayor is elected citywide, making it a significant race for the community to participate in.

Here is the list of Smyrna candidates:

Mayor: Derek Norton (incumbent), Ken Hymes, and Alex Backry

Ward 1: Glenn Pickens (incumbent, unopposed)

Ward 2: Latonia Hines (incumbent, unopposed)

Ward 3: Travis Lindley (incumbent, unopposed)

Ward 4: Charles ”Corky” Welch (incumbent) and Michael Power

Ward 5: Susan Wilkinson (incumbent) and Suz Kaprich

Ward 6: Tim Gould (incumbent, unopposed)

Ward 7: Rickey Oglesby


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