Madden swamps former Mayor Logsdon for Post 3 seat on City Council
In a tale of two mayors, Peachtree City voters Tuesday decided they liked one — incumbent Vanessa Fleisch — but not the other — former Mayor Harold Logsdon.
The resounding result: Fleisch gets a second term, and Logsdon fails to make a local political comeback after his defeat in 2013 by Fleisch in a mayoral bid.
The early vote totals previewed the eventual outcome, with Fleisch leading from the first tally. The city’s first female mayor beat former Councilman Eric Imker 56 percent to 44 percent, with a spread of 513 votes. Fleisch had 2,360 votes, and Imker received 1,847 votes. Voter turnout for the runoff was just over 17 percent, compared to the November turnout of 24 percent.
In the Post 3 race, local aviation executive Kevin Madden overwhelmed Logsdon nearly 2-to-1, 62 percent to 38 percent. Madden received 2,503 votes, while Logsdon — who was endorsed and supported by the Fayette County Republican Party — got 1,524 votes.
Post 3 was open because current Councilwoman Kim Learnard is completing her second 4-year term on the council and is term-limited from another run.
Logsdon previously had served as mayor from 2006 to 2010. When he ran for mayor again in 2013, Fleisch beat him in a runoff.
All Peachtree City posts are officially nonpartisan, meaning no political party labels are attached to council membership. But it is noteworthy that with Madden’s election, a strongly Republican city will swear in one of the 24 officials of the Fayette County Democratic Committee.
Madden is one of two FCDC members who will be holding city or county elective office in 2018. The other is Leonard Presberg, chair of the FCDC and member of the Fayette County Board of Education.