Harold Jones tallies 61 percent of vote to beat Corey Johnson for state Senate District 22 seat

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:55 PM
Last updated Wednesday, July 23, 2014 2:07 AM
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Crediting his win to the community’s desire for change in politics, attorney Harold Jones swept the state Senate District 22 runoff Tuesday, edging out two-term Augusta Commissioner Corey Johnson for a seat in the Georgia Legislature.

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Harold Jones II waves to passersby near the East View Community Center off Sand Bar Ferry Road. He won the runoff Tuesday and said the vote shows Augustans want change.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Harold Jones II waves to passersby near the East View Community Center off Sand Bar Ferry Road. He won the runoff Tuesday and said the vote shows Augustans want change.

Jones garnered 61 percent of the votes in a race with 12 percent turnout, and said voters gravitated toward his message of “representation for all.”

“The way this has happened shows Augusta does want change, and we’re going to do that,” said Jones, Augusta’s former solicitor general and now one of three attorneys representing Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

“It’s now time to get to the people’s business … This is a new day, this is absolutely a new day for our community.”

Jones campaigned on the platform to reform the state’s outdated education funding formula that allocates money based on size instead of need; attracting industry to bolster jobs; decriminalizing traffic offenses and alternative sentencings for marijuana possession.

Supporter Jo’Rae Jenkins said outreach on social media was a strategy used by the campaign team that gave Jones an edge and built an awareness of his causes.

“It showed people who Harold really is, about his character and heart,” she said.

During his concession speech to supporters at his election party, Johnson said the number of elected officials who publicly backed Jones was “unprecedented,” which led to a race with “a lot of shenanigans and tactics thrown out there.”

“It is what it is,” Johnson said during his concession speech. “I don’t look at it as my loss, I look at it as their loss. They lost a leader who is going to be honest, they lost a leader who is going to be up-front, they lost a leader who is going to be accessible and who wants to be held accountable and wants to work with all people.”

During his campaign, Jones had the support of Sheriff Richard Roundtree, Mayor-Elect Hardie Davis, Rep. Wayne Howard and others.

Jones succeeds Davis in the state Senate after Davis resigned in 2013 to run successfully for Augusta mayor. After congratulating Jones at his election celebration at the downtown Holiday Inn on Tuesday, Davis said he plans to work with Jones regularly on legislative initiatives that will “move this city forward.”

“We are going to work with the mayor’s office, the school board and the legislative delegation as a three-legged stool to grow this community that we can all be proud of,” Davis said.

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GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 07/22/14 - 11:18 pm
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Good luck decriminalizing

Good luck decriminalizing traffic offenses. I think Georgia is the only state where speeding, running a red light, unsafe lane changes are crimes.

jwilliams
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jwilliams 07/23/14 - 12:08 am
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“It is what it is,” Johnson

“It is what it is,” Johnson said during his concession speech. “I don’t look at it as my loss, I look at it as their loss. Earth to Corey “Because I’m Great” Johnson (his words not mine), 61% of the voters in district 22 made it your loss, and WHO is this person that is suppose to be honest, up-front, assessable and accountable, certainly not YOU.

geecheeriverman
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geecheeriverman 07/23/14 - 04:49 am
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get a job

Corey, it is time to get a real job.

jwilliams
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jwilliams 07/23/14 - 07:20 am
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Corey “Because I’m Great”

Corey “Because I’m Great” Johnson (his words not mine) has constantly said over the years, “What’s meant for me, is meant for me.” Well “Great One”, 61% of the voters of district 22 decided that being their representative was not meant for you. Cue the happy song.

soitgoes
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soitgoes 07/23/14 - 08:18 am
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Service before Self

Seems one of the candidates has long forgotten this concept... But so it goes...

jwilliams
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jwilliams 07/23/14 - 05:38 pm
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I guess Corey “Because I’m

I guess Corey “Because I’m Great” Johnson (his words not mine) was so devastated by his landslide loss he was unable to attend the important called meeting today;oh but wait, maybe he was looking for a job. “Great One” you said the people of district 22 lost a chance to elect a leader; well true leaders show up, they don’t stay home and pout.

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