Incumbents Sweep Elections, Sunday Sales a Go

The city of Kennesaw saw a record turnout with more than 3,000 voters.

Incumbent and City Council members and won Tuesday's elections in an across-the-board sweep, while Sunday sales passed with 73 percent of the vote.

The city also saw a record 19 percent turnout for municipal elections with 3,015 out of 15,748 registered voters showing up to the polls. Less than 2,000 voters showed up during the mayoral election four years ago when Mathews unseated then-mayor .

Mathews defeated Church for the third time on Tuesday, securing more than 65 percent of the vote. During the last mayoral race, Church contested the election results due to some residents not being properly classified as voters, resulting in a new election.

Chiropractor and downtown business owner Eaton-Welsh won the Post 1 council seat with a landslide 77 percent victory over challenger Kim Gollahon. Post 2 council member Killingsworth defeated local barber shop owner with 57 percent of the vote.

"I think the message that was sent by the voters was a very strong message of support of the current team that’s in place executing a fantastic vision for Kennesaw in spite of the economy and all the issues we’re facing right now," said Mathews.

Saturday, Mathews told Patch that the city's greatest successes over the past four years have been grounded in the relationships built outside Kennesaw.

"I think really a lot of the more major accomplishments are not physical accomplishments. They’re more laying the groundwork for a long-term benefit to the city in terms of relationships outside the city limits here with people in Cobb County, the development community and the other government agencies throughout Atlanta."

"Those benefit us indirectly by bringing more recognition and more notoriety to our city and the plans to how we move forward," said Mathews, who recently announced a partnership with celebrity skateboarder Rob Dyrdek in Swift-Cantrell Park.

Eaton-Welsh told Patch that she is excited to continue some of the city projects currently in the works, including the construction of a four-story parking garage in the downtown area.

"I’m ecstatic, I’m very happy," said Killingsworth, who will continue to serve on Post 2 of Kennesaw's City Council. "The voters of Kennesaw tonight told us that they like the way that things are going. I’m just very excited that we can continue to move Kennesaw forward."

Killingsworth said Dickens called him to say congratulations. "He was very gracious," said Killingsworth.

"I am thankful for the 1200-plus people who considered me to be part of the next City Council," said Dickens. "They believed in me, and I respect that and I appreciate them so much."

"I look forward to working with the current council," he said. "I look forward to running again one day."

“We were hoping for better, but I guess the people wanted everything left like it was, so we just move on,” Church told the Marietta Daily Journal.

“It’s disappointing, but the sun’s going to come up tomorrow. ‘Tomorrow’s another day,’ as Scarlett would say,” he said.

Below are the complete but unofficial results from Kennesaw's municipal elections, as reported by the Cobb County Board of Elections and Registration. You can also watch our from election day. We'll also be uploading video highlights later today from Mathews' election night celebration at



# of Votes Percentage of Votes Leonard Church 1017 34.07% Mark Mathews (incumbent) 1955 65.49% Write-in 13 0.44% City Council, Post 1

Cris Eaton-Welsh (incumbent)
76.93% Kim Gollahon 638 22.54% Write-in 15 0.53% City Council, Post 2

Jimmy Dickens 1227 42.57% Tim Killingsworth (incumbent) 1652 57.32% Write-in 3 0.1% Sunday Sales

Yes 2214 73.43% No 801 26.57% Total Voters 3,015
Eileen Alberstadt November 09, 2011 at 01:03 PM
Congratulations, Mayor Mark Mathews, Councilwoman Cris Eaton-Welsh and Councilman Tim Killingsworth. You guys are what it takes to Keep Kennesaw Alive and Thriving. Thank you for being there along with Bill, Bruce and Jeff. The voters spoke yesterday with their ballots. You are all here for this community and you make the citizens of Kennesaw want to get involved. I personally started to get involved in my community six years ago and every day I ask myself, what can I do to help? I Love you all and will continue to move forward with you.
Debra Williams November 09, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Congratulations to Mayor Mark Mathews, Councilwoman Cris Eaton-Welsh and Councilman Tim Killingsworth on your re-election to the City Council of Kennesaw.You kept your campaign positive under extremely negative circumstances and proved the cream always rises to the top. Thank you to the Patch for the awesome coverage given to these candidates. It's time to put aside our political differences and work together - as a whole - to bring to fruition the great plans our Leaders and Staff have laid the groundwork for.
E M GREEN November 09, 2011 at 02:45 PM
Congrats Incumbents! I hope Kennesaw is happy with their decision and the elected officials honor the community with a stellar year prosed for prosperity so we may Thrive.
Cris Eaton Welsh November 09, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Very excited about the next four years and happy to have this great way to communicate the strides we will be making in the very near future.. stay tuned and stay in touch!
June Wick November 10, 2011 at 01:39 PM
Congratulations to the Incumbents Mathews, Eaton-Welsh and Killingsworth. Remember you were elected to serve the citizens of the City of Kennesaw. We will be watching closely to make sure you live up to your campaign promises over the next 4 years. Good luck!
June Wick November 10, 2011 at 02:52 PM
The Election in the City of Kennesaw is over. All the incumbents were re-elected. Now the voters need to make sure they follow through on ALL their campaign promises. The Mayor and Council Meeting Agenda is up on the City of Kennesaw website the Friday before the meeting. The approved minutes from the previous meeting are also on the website. Taxpayers should be able to see every penney of taxpayer dollars that the Mayor and Council individually spend, with a detailed explanation of each expenditure. These expenditures should be posted on the City website, with a page dedicated to the expenditures of each member of the Mayor and Council, as well as the expenditures of the Mayor and Council budget ...and updated daily. This includes their individual use of all government credit cards. Trips, airfare, lodging, meals, gas,reimbursement for mileage, training costs, expenses to attend events, cell phone usage and costs, clothing, charges for dining and entertaining others in the course of city business, etc. should be accounted for. Every taxpayer dime spent by each Councilmember and the Mayor, should be posted on the City website for all to see. The taxpayers deserve to know how our taxpayer dollars are being spent. Having their expenses listed on the City website, may make the Mayor and Council more mindful of how they spend our tax dollars. Being an elected official, does not give you a supplemental income with taxpayer dollars. You were elected to serve the citizens!
June Wick November 10, 2011 at 03:29 PM
I worked on the campaign for Cris Eaton-Welsh, two years ago. I hosted a Meet and Greet for her at my business, Swift Wheels Skateboard Shop, and I gave my permission to let her put a huge campaign sign in front of my business, across from Swift-Cantrell Park. I fully supported her campaign. When Cris Eaton-Welsh was elected 2 years ago, she did try to do something about the abuse of government credit cards and spending. She suggested ways to save money. Cris met with some stubbornness from others serving on the Mayor and Council. I will give her credit for trying to do something about the situation. Accountability on the City of Kennesaw website, with a page dedicated to the spending of each member of the Mayor and Council, as well as charges to the Mayor and Council budget, would be the best way for the taxpayers to view how our taxpayer dollars are being spent by our elected officials. Putting this into place is going to take some work by the City employees and those that work in Finance. However, since the City employees are being paid with taxpayer dollars, it would be in the best interest of the taxpayers, for them to work on a system of accountability of spending our tax dollars by the Mayor and Council. This needs to be a priority and implemented ASAP!!
June Wick November 10, 2011 at 06:25 PM
Cris .... The check register does not give a detailed description of the expenditure, nor does it reflect the credit card expenses and charges made to the Mayor and Council budget, or individual spending by each member of the Mayor and Council. I know this from my personal experience of trying to get that information through the City. A page dedicated to the spending of our tax dollars by each member of the Mayor and Council, would be easier for the taxpayers to look up. Then we would know how our tax dollars are being spent by each elected official individually. For instance, if a taxpayer wanted to look up what the Mayor or a Councilmember was spending, they could look it up by their name.
June Wick November 11, 2011 at 05:12 AM
@Eileen Alberstadt ...In answer to your question ...ABSOLUTELY YES!! From the Campaign website for Leonard Church: Accountability It is the job of the Mayor to hold the management staff along with Mayor and Council accountable for the spending of the taxpayer’s money. I will put together a team to create a 3 year financial plan to get the city back on track to stop the unbudgeted, unplanned non-emergency spending. In fact, I will also see that all Mayor and Council expenditures, in detail, are published on the city website as a step to encourage accountability and an open government initiative. As far as your comment about my commanding officer being ashamed of my asking for accountability of spending of our tax dollars by the City of Kennesaw Mayor and Council ...When I served in the United States Navy, the Government encouraged servicemembers to report Fraud, Waste, and Abuse of how our tax dollars were being spent. There was a toll free number available that servicemembers could call to report Fraud, Waste, and Abuse....anonymously. NIS would investigate the complaint. If the complaint was found to be true, those involved would be held accountable, under the UCMJ. Civil Service employees involved, were dealt with as well.
Joe Bozeman November 11, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Mrs. Wick, I distrust government from J. O. Stephenson Ave to Pennsyvania Ave , but I try to look for the positive and fight to eliminate the bad in a respectable way. I have seen nothing from you and Kathy Scott except personal attacks and mud slinging. You two remind me of the rants pitched by Norwood "Peter" Popham a few years ago. Please get serious and be fair with your comments or simply take your skateboard and go home.
June Wick November 11, 2011 at 03:34 PM
@ Joe Bozeman ...I have never met Kathy Scott, nor was I involved in the bantering back and forth that several of you were involved in. I have never been disrespectful to you or anyone else on here. I am opinionated, however, I do not resort to name calling. However, I have been on the receiving end of name calling by some people on this forum, especially Eileen Alberstadt ...she's been pretty nasty to me. I have the utmost respect for you and the history that you share with Kennesaw. It hurt to read your comment this morning.
June Wick November 11, 2011 at 03:38 PM
@Joe Bozeman ...Several years ago, I worked with Doc Eaton and Cris Eaton-Welsh on the Stop Popham effort. We had a petition going and made the citizens aware of all the lawsuits and the legal fees that were being paid with our tax dollars. I went everywhere to bring attention to the fact that all Peter's lawsuits were holding up projects and development downtown. I even got the media out to report live from Main Street. They took video of the huge Stop Popham sign (shaped like a stop sign) that Doc made and kept in the back of his truck, parked on Main Street. We had Doc interviewed ...as well as Mayor Church. In 1998-1999 we started the Downtown Merchants Association. My husband was the first President. Joe, I have met you several times. I also like Dent Myers ...I understand him. You and I know some of the same people in Kennesaw. I too was very fond of Ben Robertson. I have a funny story and great memory of how we got the basketball court in Deerfield years ago. Ben was an amazing Councilman and he is dearly missed.
Joe Bozeman November 11, 2011 at 03:43 PM
June, I am sorry if I hurt you feelings. I am glad to hear you like my contributions about the history of Kennesaw. I have had discussions with both Patch and the Bright Side to write articles about our history. Do you think this would be something the readers would like? Joe
Mrs Lyon November 11, 2011 at 03:57 PM
Wicked?? What are you, TWO? For pete's sakes Kennesaw Citizens, keep your big kids pants on! Any time some one comments that someone else does not like, they resort to childish defensive and poking vocabulary. Great way to show young folks how to behave. GROW UP!
June Wick November 11, 2011 at 04:01 PM
@ Joe Bozeman ...Yes Joe ...I do. You may also want to contact Todd and Kathy Beckett at the Northside News. They have a monthly paper, facebook page, and an online interactive website ...so, if you had a column, or wrote articles periodically, it would reach many people. Take care Joe and have a wonderful day.
Joe Bozeman November 11, 2011 at 04:28 PM
Thanks June, Kennesaw was a wonderful place to grow up. It was a much simpler time then. I am glad I grew up in that era. Ben Robertson and I were "partners in mischief". In our grown up years, Ben entered public service and I was more interested in private enterprise. After the first of the year, I plan to start writing some articles. Joe
June Wick November 11, 2011 at 05:36 PM
@ Joe Bozeman ... I, and I'm sure many other people, look forward to reading them. God Bless you Joe. Ms. June
Cris Eaton Welsh November 11, 2011 at 09:20 PM
Ms Wick, I deleted my comments because it was absolutely inappropriate to engage you on this forum. This is not the forum for these conversations. The appropriate place to have these conversations in a council work session or during public comment at a city council meeting. I hope you will consider attending meetings and addressing issues there instead of on these online forums. I will not be responding to any negative comments from this point forward. I wish you well and hope to see you at a meeting to addess issues in the future.
June Wick November 11, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Cris .... I made my request. It has been clearly written in my posts. Now the ball is in your court to do something about the situation Councilwoman. I look forward to seeing a new page on the City of Kennesaw website, with accountability in spending of our tax dollars by the Mayor and Council. You are an Eaton and can get it done. I have faith in that. Like parents, like daughter.
Eileen Alberstadt November 12, 2011 at 04:43 AM
Ditto from me also Ms. Wick. This is not the place! Please address any and all of your questions at one of the meetings and encourage others to sit in on meetings now and then so that they know what is happening in their own community. Have a Great Day!


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