David Pennington, middle, talks with Peggy and Paul Belk on election night Tuesday in downtown Dalton. Pennington defeated current Mayor Dennis Mock to become Dalton's next mayor.

David Pennington will be the next mayor of Dalton, beating current Mayor Dennis Mock by 11 votes (1,400 to 1,389) Tuesday night.

In other races, Sam Sanders defeated Dalton Board of Education incumbent Pablo Perez (1,681 to 749); J. Shane Kornberg (incumbent) and Andy Lopez were elected to the Cohutta Town Council (with 88 and 85 votes, respectively); and for the Varnell City Council, Sandy Pangle beat Seat 3 incumbent David Owens (148 to 78) and Richard Lowe defeated Seat 5 incumbent Bob Roche (118 to 104).

Pennington was elected mayor in 2007 and reelected in 2011. He stepped down during his second term to run for governor of Georgia, and was defeated in the Republican primary.

Under Pennington’s leadership, the city built the Mack Gaston Community Center, added or began to add new tennis courts and multi-use sports fields, created several new pocket parks, began work on the walking and biking trails on Mount Rachel and in the Crown Mill area, and helped fund repairs of the historic Hamilton House and the old freight depot on Morris Street.

Pennington was a strong proponent of combining county and city services and says he will be again if elected.

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