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Doraville elects first female mayor
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Doraville elects first female mayor

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- Donna Pittman, a former councilwoman and interim mayor, has officially been named mayor of Doraville.

Pittman received 52.8 percent of the vote in Tuesday's runoff election, defeating businesswoman Carol Gilman.

"I am both humbled and honored that my friends and neighbors in Doraville gave me their vote of confidence. I look forward to serving as your mayor," Pittman said.

A native of DeKalb County, Pittman has lived in Doraville for 30 years. She was a community relations police officer before being elected to city council in 2005. Last February, she rose to mayor pro tem after the death of longtime mayor Ray Jenkins.

Pittman and her husband, a former Marine, have four children.

"I promised I would run a positive campaign for mayor based on what you have told me you want," she said after her win. "You said you want a Doraville that runs within budget, a city government that is transparent, a Doraville that supports public safety, a city that works for everybody."

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