Mary Norwood achieved a political comeback on Nov. 5, defeating incumbent At-Large Post 2 Councilman Aaron Watson in the Nov. 5 municipal elections.

Norwood, who lives in Buckhead, vacated the Post 2 seat in 2009 to run against Mayor Kasim Reed. She lost to Reed in a runoff election.

Norwood received 52.7 percent of the vote.

She made her comeback without the support of some of Buckhead’s civic leaders. The Buckhead Coalition gave its support to Watson. Watson wasn’t the only Coalition candidate that lost on Tuesday. Atlanta Board of Education candidate Taryn Bowman got the Coalition’s endorsement, but was defeated by incumbent District 4 Board of Education member Nancy Meister, who received 65 percent of the vote. The Coalition also backed Mark Riley for the Board of Education Seat 8 At-Large against incumbent Reuben McDaniel.

Riley drew 18.1 percent of the vote. McDaniel and challenger Cynthia Briscoe Brown will face each other in a runoff on Dec. 3.

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of