By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
has come and gone, for a few weeks anyway, but exceptionally close races kept
the night interesting.
On Tuesday, May
20th, Georgians went to the polls to vote in the earliest Georgia Primary in
history and will now have to wait until July to determine the few run-off
complete results were released on Friday and all the totals from Tuesday’s
election were the same.
races came down to the final numbers reported and some of those candidates now
face two more months of campaigning with the run-off election scheduled for
Two Dade County
commission seats were up for election and incumbent Scottie Pittman narrowly
defeated Nathan Baker to retain his seat. The final count was 725 for Pittman
and 710 for Baker.
commission race will be decided in a run-off between incumbent Mitchell Smith
and former Dade County Commissioner Lamar Lowery. Smith fell just three votes
short of winning the seat without a run-off getting 718 votes to 495 for Lowery
and 227 for another former Commissioner Terry Phillips.
Two seats on
the Dade County Board of Education were also up for election. The District 2
seat will have a new representative as Jeff Forester decided not to seek
re-election. This race turned out to be one of the closet ever as the three
candidates were separated by just six votes.
Hartline came out on top with 459 votes. She was followed by Summer Kelly with
455 and Larry Williams received 453 votes. Hartline and Kelly will be in the
run-off election in July.
The other Board
of Education seat is currently held by Cindy Shaw who ran unopposed on the
Republican ticket but will now face Democrat Jane Dixon who defeated Ronald
Baldwin. Dixon received 190 votes to 48 for Baldwin. Shaw received 1,049 votes.
District 1 was a battle between two Dade County residents and one from
Walker County. Current Representative John Deffenbaugh was challenged by former
Dade County Commissioner Robert Goff and Walker County resident Alan Painter.
In Dade County
Goff came out on top with a total of 735 votes while Deffenbaugh received 469
and Painter 292.
The winner of
the run-off will face Thomas McMahan of Rising Fawn in the November election as
he ran unopposed on the Democratic ticket.
With the Walker
County totals added in Deffenbaugh came out on top with 1,519 while Goff
finished with 941, which set up a run-off between the two on July 22.
Jeff Mullis defeated Thomas Dooley to keep his seat getting 967 votes in Dade
while Dooley totaled 476. Mullis easily won all the other counties in his
district as well.
Representative Tom Graves won re-election as well getting 975 votes in Dade to
382 for challenger Kenneth Herron, Sr. Graves had similar total in the other
counties in the district as well.
The vote on the
Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) was easily extended with a vote
of 1,238 for and 579 against. This is a continuation of the current tax that
was set to expire soon. The local sales tax rate remains at seven percent.