Incumbents fare well in Columbia County voting

Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012 12:20 AM
Last updated 8:36 AM

Incumbents had a good day in the Columbia County Commission races.

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Mickey Barefield shows his son Jacob, 14, how the voting process works as he casts his ballot at Marvin United Methodist Church.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Mickey Barefield shows his son Jacob, 14, how the voting process works as he casts his ballot at Marvin United Methodist Church.

Columbia County Board of Education
District 1
13 of 13 precincts
Carolyn Chase: 36%, 2,377 votes
David Dekle: 45%, 2,947 votes
Brian “Books” Slowinski: 19%, 1,264 votes

Columbia County Chief Magistrate
46 of 46 precincts
Jason Hasty: 17%, 3,114 votes
Christopher Hudson: 29%, 5,295 votes
Jason Troiano:  54%, 9,843 votes

Columbia County Special Referendum
46 of 46 precincts
Shall the governing authority of Columbia County, Georgia be authorized to permit and regulate package sales by retailers of malt
beverages, wine and distilled spirits on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.?
Yes....................................11,529
No........................................6,813

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District 1 Commissioner Trey Allen beat challenger Lee Benedict and District 3 Commissioner Charles Allen won over Jan ‘Butch’ Holley, with each incumbent getting nearly 70 percent of the vote.

In the District 4 school board race, Roxanne Whitaker won nearly 60 percent of the vote to beat Deborah Fisher and Bobby Ray Strickland. In the District 1 school board race, Carolyn Chase and David Dekle will compete in a runoff Aug. 21.

“I don’t know if this is the worst or best part of the campaign,” said Chase, watching the results stream in at the Columbia County Board of Elections. “I think it’s the best.”

In the District 121 state House race, Barry Fleming beat Mike Popplewell with 61.54 percent of the vote.

There won’t be a runoff in the chief Magistrate race despite the three-candidate field. Jason Troiano took nearly 54 percent of the vote.

On the nonbinding ballot questions, Columbia County voted in favor of limiting lobbyist gifts, granting gun licenses to service members younger than 21, the life amendment question, tax credits for home energy costs,  and a Made in Georgia tax break.

Advance declaration of party affiliation and casino gambling did not fare as well.

Also, as a result of the Sunday alcohol sales measure passing on Tuesday, alcohol will be sold on Sundays beginning Labor Day weekend.

TERM LIMIT VOTE

The Columbia County Board of Elections will meet today to prepare for a referendum on the next election. The meeting, set for 9 a.m., will be held at the board’s office in Evans, said Registration Coordinator Nancy Gay.

The board will accept the call for a special referendum election in response to legislation allowing voters to decide whether to impose a two-term limit on Columbia County Commission members, Gay said.

The action is a formality required before the referendum can be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice and placed on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Voters will be asked whether to approve a measure that would limit commissioners to holding the same seat for two consecutive four-year terms.

– Barry Paschal, Columbia County Bureau

Columbia County ballot questions 

(Republicans)
46 of 46 precincts
1. Should Georgia have casino gambling with funds going to education?
Yes......................................8,957
No......................................10,748
2. Do you support ending the current practice of unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators by imposing a $100 cap on such
gifts? 
Yes....................................16,973
No........................................2,560
3. Should active duty military personnel under 21 be allowed to obtain a Georgia weapons license?
Yes....................................11,604
No....................................... 8,002
4. Should citizens who wish to vote in a primary election be required to register by their political party affiliation at least 30 days prior to such primary election?
Yes......................................9,236
No......................................10,254
5. Should the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each innocent human being from his or her earliest biological beginning without regard to age, race, sex, health, function or condition of dependency?
Yes....................................13,357
No........................................5,509

(Democrats)
46 of 46 precincts
1. Should the Georgia Constitution be amended to allow the state to override locally elected school boards’ decisions when it comes to the creation of charter schools in your county or city?
Yes......................................1,376
No........................................1,790
2. Do you support ending current practice permitting unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators?
Yes......................................2,259
No...........................................884
3. Should Georgia adopt an income tax credit for home  energy costs to support the economic security of our families?
Yes......................................2,580
No...........................................577
4. Should Georgia reduce sales taxes on made in Georgia products so as to support the growth of small businesses in our state?
Yes......................................2,765
No...........................................413


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