Kristi Crumpton and Lynn Adams have won seats on Clermont’s Town Council.
They, along with Bret Adams, Bradley Armour and Mary Ellen “Ma” Rogers, were seeking to fill two seats. One was held by James “Sonny” Helton, who’s leaving the council, and Rogers held the other. The two Adamses are not related.
Crumpton received 32 percent and Lynn Adams came in with 26 percent, taking almost 60 percent of the complete vote total. The three other candidates split the rest, with Rogers getting 19 percent, Armour getting 12 percent and Bret Adams receiving 11 percent.
The Town Council has five at-large seats, and the two top vote-getters won seats.
Crumpton said she was humbled and touched to receive the most votes of any of the five candidates, especially being a relatively newcomer to Clermont. She is a media specialist at Mount Vernon Exploratory School.
“Actually, I didn’t think I was going to make it at all,” she said. “It was very shocking for me.”
The town just barely missed Clermont City Clerk Sandra Helton’s projection of turnout of 100 or more, ending up with 99 voters, including 48 ballots cast in early voting.
“We (were) a little slow (Tuesday) morning,” she said.
Of the 99 votes cast, Crumpton earned 59, Lynn Adams 49, Rogers 36, Armour 22 and Bret Adams 20.
Lynn Adams said she was a little anxious just before the results were announced, but excited to win. She’s a director with the Georgia Mountains YMCA and previously served on the town’s planning and zoning board.
“I went in (to the Town Hall) as they were finishing up counting and they motioned to me and were nodding and I was hoping it was true, that I had won a seat,” she said. “I was just very, very happy, just thrilled.”
Hot-button issues during the election included growth, planning and zoning, history, alcohol sales, taxes and term limits.
The city’s growth was the central theme the hopefuls had to address during the campaign. Clermont has more than doubled its population from 2000 to 2010, according to census data, now at 875 residents. All of the candidates favored planning future growth except Rogers, who opposed change.
Crumpton said she wants to expand the farmers market and look at some historical preservation grants for the Galleria Building that was the old Griffin Brothers store, which the town has just purchased. Crumpton is vice president of the Clermont Historical Society.
Lynn Adams said she wants to ensure growth is planned so the town has a strong place for people to raise families. She said she looks forward to meeting more residents and learning what people in Clermont need and want.
“I can’t wait to get started,” she said.