A Martinez businessman and a former assistant district attorney are headed for a Dec. 2 runoff election for the Columbia County Commission District 3 seat.
Trip Derryberry garnered the most votes in Tuesday’s special election, but was unable to draw the more than the 50 percent required to win outright. He will face Mack Taylor, a lawyer in private practice, who came in second with about 23 percent of the vote.
A total of three Republicans and one Democrat were vying for the District 3 seat, which was vacated in March when Commissioner Charles Allen resigned.
Derryberry said even though he couldn’t claim an outright victory, he was humbled by the support he got Tuesday.
“It is amazing, the support we got,” he said. “We are going to back to work tomorrow and hit the pavement. There are a lot of votes out there and we will still have to put in the work to win this thing.”
Derryberry garnered 4,618 total votes, or 41 percent. The next highest total was collected by Taylor, with 2,652 votes.
Floyd Everett, the lone Democrat in the race, came in third with 2,521 votes, or 22 percent.
The third Republican in the race, Brett McGuire, came in fourth place with 1,511 votes, or 13 percent. He said he was disappointed, but ready to throw his support to one of the other candidates.
McGuire said he hoped to meet with Taylor and Derryberry in the coming days to discuss their ideas and see who best fits with his philosophy.
“I’m a conservative,” he said. “I’m for small government.”
He hoped his support can help sway the runoff election.
“That’s the position I had hoped to be in,” he said.
Taylor did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday night.