Sundai Stevenson is Rome’s new mayor following a 5-4 vote with incumbent Craig McDaniel finishing second. She was nominated by Bill Colllins with a second from Bonny Askew In the second vote, for mayor pro tem, Mark Cochran also won by a 5-4 vote over Randy Quick.
The majority votes for each: Bonny Askew, Elaina Beeman, Cochran, Bill Collins and Stevenson. The minority votes: Jim Bojo, Jamie Doss, McDaniel and Quick.
The reconstituted board then moved to affirm reappointments of city administrators including City Manager Sammy Rich, Clerk Joe Smith and others.
Rome elects a mayor each January and McDaniel served one year. He won a 5-4 vote over then-incumbent Collins in January 2020.
Also Monday, former Rome Board of Education member Elaina Beeman joined the City Commission following her election in November. The other two Ward 2 commissioners, Doss and Quick, won new four-year terms. Chief Superior Court Judge Jack Niedrach swore them in. Two-term veteran Wendy Davis did not seek re-election as she’s running for Congress.
About Stevenson: Phone: 706-346-7524 / Email Sundai Stevenson
Biography: Sundai Stevenson has lived in Rome for 23 years and has been active in the community for most of that time. She is a graduate of Leadership Rome and has served as past coordinator for the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce High School Leadership Rome Program. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Rome and Floyd County M.L. King Commission, serves as a board member of the Open Door Home, serves as Couple’s Class leader at Thankful Baptist Church, serves as a member of the H.O.P.E. Initiative, and serves on the Governmental Affairs and Small Business Council committees of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce.
About Cochran: Email mark Cochran
Biography: Commissioner Mark Cochran is a native of Rome, Georgia, and is a successful business owner of two small, local businesses. Mark is a licensed Architect and Interior Designer. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Georgia Southern University. From there, he earned a Master of Architecture degree from The New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
Mark is married, with two children. He and his wife, Michelle, are both real estate agents with Hardy Realty and have been married for over twenty years.
Mark currently chairs the Public Works Committee and sits on the Public Safety, Transportation and Planning, Development Oversight, and Solid Waste Committees for the City of Rome. He is a past member of the Chamber of Commerce, Historic Preservation Commission, Rome Area Council for the Arts, Rome Floyd Commission on Children and Youth, and the Historic Desoto Foundation. Mark is a graduate of Leadership Rome, class XXV.