Penson, who came out with 76 votes, or 47.8 percent of the total vote, was more than 20 votes ahead of incumbent Ron Casey, who gathered 54 votes, or 33.96 percent of the total vote.
Jeannette Perkins-Graves earned 29 votes, or 18.24 percent of the total. Overall, 159 votes were cast in the Kingston mayor’s race.
Penson said she was happy to have won the election and plans to put equality first when leading the city.
“I just want to say I’m very happy right now and excited about getting the votes that I did, and very happy that the ones who did come out and vote. [I] just want to say I will stick to what I’ve said all along about I will treat everyone the same no matter who you are,” she said. “If I can help any way, I will be here to help you. I think all people should be treated the same and equal and fair. So that’s what my goal is — to just treat everyone the same.”
Penson said she was not surprised about the number of votes cast for her, as she had previously canvassed most of Kingston during her campaign and took notes of who planned to vote for her.
“I got out and walked door to door to about every door in Kingston, and that is about what the people had told me,” she said. “I tried to keep track of how many people said they were going to vote for me and that’s almost down to the exact number that I had.
“... I told my husband, well, I don’t know if it’s enough ... but I have counted 75 people that said they were going to vote for me for sure, and other people were just like, they didn’t know. I said, ‘That’s fine. I just want you to vote. It’s your right to vote. I would like you to vote for me, but if you don’t, please vote.’ Because that’s when you have a say in things is when you get out and vote.”
Being elected mayor is Penson’s first foray into politics. However, she believed her background as an accountant will serve her well going into office. According to a Q&A she had previously filled out for The Daily Tribune News, she worked as a bookkeeper and title clerk for 21 years and also worked for the Department of Revenue. She hoped Casey would work with her in the coming months to help her transition into the job.
All voting numbers are unofficial until the Georgia Secretary of State confirms them later this week. Bartow County Election Supervisor Joseph Kirk said the numbers would be confirmed Friday at 5:05 p.m.