Elections head: Voter turnout about average
by Joshua Sharpe
November 07, 2013 12:06 AM | 1704 views | 1 1 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — Cherokee County elections supervisor Janet Munda said the turnout for Election Day was “very low” generally but not surprising with just municipal positions and the special election for state Senate on the ballot.

“It’s about average for special elections,” Munda said Wednesday. “They’re always low.”

In total, 5,233 ballots were cast around Cherokee County on Tuesday for city council elections in Canton and Woodstock and the vacant District 14 seat in the state Senate, election records show.

Munda said after the dust settled Wednesday morning a handful of provisional ballots were left to be counted, but the early indications of the winners Tuesday night were right, though the exact numbers wouldn’t be certified until around the end of the day Wednesday. The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office will certify the results in the state Senate race, she added.

The winners in Woodstock include unopposed incumbent Mayor Donnie Henriques, city council incumbents Robert Mueller and Bud Leonard, and Warren Johnson, who took the Ward 1 council seat being vacated by Councilman Randy Brewer.

Woodstock’s election brought 758 voters to the polls, which is 5.43 percent of the city’s approximately 14,000 registered voters.

In Canton, however, Bill Grant, who took the Ward 2 seat being vacated by Bill Bryan, was the only clear winner election night and the other two seats up for grabs will be settled in a runoff election Dec. 3.

For Ward 1, Sandy McGrew led the race with 727 votes, or 48.92 percent of the vote, and Weatherby got 513 votes, or 34.52 percent of the votes, according to uncertified results. Their opponent, Bob Reilly, got only 237 votes, giving him 15.95 percent of the ballots cast.

Because none of the candidates pulled more than 50 percent of the votes in the race to take over retiring Councilman Bob Rush’s seat, the two leaders, McGrew and Weatherby will head to the runoff.

Retiring Councilman John Beresford’s Ward 3 seat on the Canton City Council saw a similar fate with none of the four contenders able to get more than half the votes.

In that race, John R. Rust received 671 votes, or 43.94 percent, and Farris Yawn pulled 443, or 29.01 percent. Molly Lewis got 19.71 percent of the votes with 301 Canton residents choosing her, and the fourth candidate, Tom Sanders, got 107 votes or 7.01 percent.

As the top two, Rust and Yawn will compete in the runoff.

There were 1,624 ballots cast for Canton races, or 15.2 percent of the city’s more than 10,000 registered voters.

In the competition to replace Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) in the District 14 state Senate seat, Bartow County candidates Bruce Thompson and Matt Laughridge led the field, but neither were able to pull more than half the votes in that three-county race. The seat covers parts of Cherokee, Bartow and Cobb counties.

Thompson led the five candidates with 2,403 votes, or about 33.38 percent of the vote in the three-county race, and Laughridge came in second with 1,840, or 25.56 percent. In Cherokee County, Thompson got 1,170 votes, and Laughridge got 887.

Dwight Pullen, a Canton resident, came in third in the race with 1,538 votes overall, or 21.37 percent of the vote in the three-county race. Pullen, however, won Cherokee County with 1,349 votes over Thompson’s 1,170.

The only Democrat in the non-partisan race, Christopher G. Nesmith, of Adairsville, came in fourth with 863 votes of 11.99 percent, and Nicole Ebbeskottee of Woodstock trailed the field with 553 votes, or 7.68 percent.

There are 47,426 registered voters in District 14, but records show only 4,408 voters, or 9.3 percent of the registered voters, turned out.

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November 07, 2013
Someone please tell Dwight Pullen's campaign to remove their numerous roadside signs. Now that the campaign is over and he lost, these signs are eyesores.
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