Columbia County voters overwhelmingly approved a renewal of the local education sales tax sales Tuesday, providing officials with a reliable source of revenue to fund improvements in the county's rapidly growing school system.
The District 7 special election isn't over yet, with Sean Frantom and Louis "Hap" Harris heading for an April 14 runoff.
Three candidates seeking the District 7 commission post don't always go to the polls themselves.
Turnout will be key, but likely still very low in today's special election to fill an unexpired District 7 term on the Augusta commission.
If approved, the education special purpose local option sales tax (ESPLOST) referendum will renew collection of the tax starting in 2017.
The District 7 special election will be held Tuesday in Richmond County.
Interim Augusta Commission member Louis "Hap" Harris outraised his two opponents in Tuesday's District 7 special election by about $10,000, candidate filings show.
Former U.S. Rep. John Barrow said this week he plans to take a year to “figure out his next move,” which he suggested might involve resuming a career as a private attorney or making another run for public office.
One of Augusta's oldest political groups threw its support behind the youngest candidate, Sean Frantom, in the March 17 District 7 special election.
Three candidates sparred over working with the mayor and commission and managing city infrastructure and taxpayer dollars for more than two hours at a forum.