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East Point votes out controversial mayor

EAST POINT, GA (CBS46) -

The race for the mayor of East Point isn't over. The top two candidates, Jannquell Peters and Clyde Mitchell, are heading for a runoff.

Voter's rebuked incumbent mayor Earnestine Pittman who finished third in a four person race, winning just 22 percent of the electorate.

Peters was the top candidate securing 38 percent of the vote, which equates to roughly 1,666 votes.

Peters will face Mitchell in a Dec. 3 runoff race.

Voters told CBS Atlanta that multiple ethics investigations, an inability to build city council consensus, perceived money mismanagement and Pittman's desire to raise city property taxes likely cost her job.

"I already figured it was going to happen," said Greg White. "Anybody but the mayor."

Pittman released the following statement after her loss:

"Congratulations to all the winners including the ones making the run-offs! I have enjoyed my 10 years on the East Point City Council as a six-year council member and the mayor for the past four years. Today, the residents voted for change and I respect their decision. The campaign is over for me. I extend heartfelt best wishes to the future 2014 council, the residents and employees of the city.

"Since, I will no longer be mayor after Dec. 31; I will have the time to devote to my new ministry. I am looking forward to my new role as a youth bible study teacher and a civic teacher to children who do not attend church. I have always been a community activist and this is something that I have wanted to do for quite some time.

"Again, I thank the residents of East Point for allowing me to serve them for the past 10 years and I hope that the city will continue to move forward and prosper under the leadership of the new council. Thank you and may God continue to bless East Point."

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