Commissioner Craig McDaniel is elected mayor of Rome for 2021. He won a 5-4 vote over incumbent Bill Collins.
- Voting for McDaniel: Jim Bojo, Mark Cochran, Jamie Doss, McDaniel and Randy Quick.
- McDaniel was nominated by Doss and seconded by Bojo.
- Voting for Collins: Collins, Bonny Askew, Wendy Davis and Sundai Stevenson.
- Collins was nominated by Stevenson and seconded by Askew.
For pro tem, Stevenson was nominated by Askew and seconded by Collins Cochran nominated Bojo as pro tem but it failed without a second. Stevenson was then elected pro tem for 2021.
What to know: The vote was pretty well set ahead of Monday’s Zoom meeting with both Collins and McDaniel having four solid votes with a swing vote going to McDaniel. The wild card would have been Davis with a projected 5-4 vote over McDaniel. And that might be an opportunity lost for Rome. Davis also is heavily involved in the state Democratic Party and is a member of the Democratic National Commitee. With Joe Biden now president-elect and Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock the state’s new Democratic senators, Davis had clout as the party dominates both the House and Senate, let alone the White House.
Background: Collins has served as mayor after winning a close vote with then-incumbent Jamie Doss in January 2019. Randy Quick provided the surprising swing vote. Collins won a second term in January 2020.
The Rome City Commission will virtually meet for their regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom and streamed live via Facebook. The caucus will begin at 6 p.m. On the agenda, will the election of Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem for 2021. City Manager Sammy Rich will also present his list of 2021 City Manager Appointments for officials, authorizing agents, management staff and department directors. Appointments