Victory for Rust, McGrew, Thompson: Three new officials ready to take office
by Joshua Sharpe
December 04, 2013 12:48 AM | 1610 views | 2 2 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
John R. Rust hugs his wife, Linda, who campaigned with him all day, after hearing the news that he is the Canton City Council’s newest member from Ward 3, beating out his opponent Farris Yawn in Tuesday’s runoff election. The Rusts were taking in the results at the Cherokee County Elections Office. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
John R. Rust hugs his wife, Linda, who campaigned with him all day, after hearing the news that he is the Canton City Council’s newest member from Ward 3, beating out his opponent Farris Yawn in Tuesday’s runoff election. The Rusts were taking in the results at the Cherokee County Elections Office.
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Election volunteer Emery Akins puts away voter instruction signs Tuesday evening. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Election volunteer Emery Akins puts away voter instruction signs Tuesday evening.
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Mayor Gene Hobgood, his wife, Elly, and former Cherokee County Republican Party Chairman Pete Castello huddle around the first voting numbers Tuesday evening at the Cherokee County Elections Office. <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Mayor Gene Hobgood, his wife, Elly, and former Cherokee County Republican Party Chairman Pete Castello huddle around the first voting numbers Tuesday evening at the Cherokee County Elections Office.
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CANTON — The three victors in Tuesday’s runoff elections say they are ready to take their seats on the Canton City Council and in the state Senate for District 14.

Sandy McGrew and John R. Rust came out on top Tuesday in the race for two seats on the Canton City Council, and Bruce Thompson was the winner for the District 14 seat, according to the unofficial results.

McGrew took home the Ward 1 seat on the Canton City Council with 578 votes, or about 62 percent of the votes cast, besting her opponent Clint Weatherby, who got 350 votes, or 38 percent.

The Ward 1 winner said Tuesday night she was eager to get to work.

“I’m excited,” McGrew said. “I’m very pleased, I’m very humbled by the support and confidence the citizens of Canton had in me.”

McGrew said she was also thankful to her opponent for running a civil campaign.

“Clint was always a gentleman,” she said.

Weatherby said he planned to continue to try to help Canton however he could, even if it meant not serving on the council.

“I am perfectly OK with it,” Weatherby said Tuesday night. “I support the city and look forward to being an active and involved citizen.”

Rust won the Ward 3 Canton City Council seat with 558 votes, or about 59 percent of the ballots cast, over Farris Yawn’s 389 votes, or 41 percent.

“I feel wonderful about the results,” Rust said Tuesday night. “I’m very humbled.”

Rust said he was looking forward to starting his work for Canton as soon as possible, although he won’t technically take office until January.

“I’d like to start tomorrow,” Rust said. “I’d start tonight (if I could).”

Yawn said he was “disappointed naturally” with not winning the race, but still planned to work for Canton.

“I’m thankful for all my supporters and everyone that came and voted for me,” Yawn said Tuesday night. “I look forward to working with the council to help move Canton forward.”

In the three-county race for District 14, Thompson got 2,981 votes in the runoff, or about 69 percent of the 4,337 votes cast in the race for District 14. That showing at the polls beat out Laughridge’s 1,356 votes, or 31 percent of the vote, unofficial results show.

Thompson won Cherokee County with 67 percent or 1,523 votes, according to the Cherokee elections office.

Laughridge got 33 percent in Cherokee, 765 total votes.

After the results came in Tuesday night, Thompson said he was “humbled” by the support and anxious to start work.

“I’m very, very, very thankful to the people of Cherokee, Bartow and Cobb for seeing fit to put me in the seat as their next senator,” he said.

For Laughridge, the support he did receive was encouraging, and he said felt proud of his campaign.

“I couldn’t be happier with my supporters and how we ran our campaign,” he said Tuesday night. “I can walk with my head up high. All my supporters know that we ran it the right way.”

Considering the support he got, Laughridge said taking a shot at running for office sometime in the future wasn’t out of the question.

“We’ve just got to make sure when the time comes we still feel the same way,” he said. “We’re excited about where the future could lead.”

Although the race had in recent weeks become heated, Thompson said he would be willing to sit down with Laughridge to talk about how they might work together for the betterment of the district.

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YESYESYESYES
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December 04, 2013
Wow, the Thompson victory is another landslide for School Choice and another crushing, bitter defeat for the charter-hating NO Crowd. It will be amusing to read the moronic anti-choice, pro-district editorials forthcoming from the NO crowd losers, bitter over yet-another election defeat. When will they learn that they are on the wrong side of history?

Taxed_To_Death
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December 04, 2013
Is this the first time, in modern times, that money didn't buy an election?
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