Originally created 11/06/02

Incumbent Padgett wins in school trustee race



Incumbent Padgett wins in school trustee race

Barbara Padgett, the District 6 representative of the Richmond County Board of Education, appeared to defeat opponent Robert Ingham by 72 percent to 28 percent amid slow returns.

Four other trustees had no opposition and were re-elected Tuesday to serve another term.

Eloise Curtis, District 2, and John Seitz, District 3, will serve their second terms. Incumbent Kenneth Echols, District 7, was elected to serve a third term. Johnny Hatney, District 9, will serve his first full four-year term.

Norwood gets another term in U.S. House

Charlie Norwood will be returning to Washington for another term.

The incumbent Republican U.S. representative was beating Democratic challenger Barry Gordon Irwin with 341 of 395 precincts reporting late Tuesday. Mr. Norwood had received 104,862 votes, or 73.5 percent, to 37,752 votes, or 26.5 percent, for Mr. Irwin.

Mr. Norwood, the four-term representative from Columbia County, steadily campaigned in the new 9th District, which retained much of the voting support and geography of his current 10th District.

"I am honored that the people in the new 9th District have allowed me to go back and represent them," he said. "We're just thrilled."

Blackburn maintains District 4 position

Columbia County Board of Education District 4 incumbent Mildred Blackburn turned back a second charge from Andrew Ezell.

With all eight precincts reporting, Mrs. Blackburn received 2,500, or 54.7 percent to Mr. Ezell's 2,070 votes, or 45.3 percent.

Mrs. Blackburn spent 22 years as a social studies and language arts teacher in Columbia County schools before retiring and being elected to the board for the first time four years ago.

Mr. Ezell, a senior construction coordinator for Bechtel Savannah River Inc. at Savannah River Site, also ran against Mrs. Blackburn for the seat in 1998.

Harlem chooses Dean to be new mayor

Harlem voters will continue to see familiar faces in office.

With all precincts counted, Scott Dean won the mayor's race with 381 votes, or 63.6 percent, while John Bentley Jr. received 227 votes, or 36.4 percent.

Mr. Bentley was first elected mayor of the city in 2000, the same time Mr. Dean was first elected to the city council.

Voters also filled two city council seats.

Former City Councilman Rudolph Dixon received 363 votes, or 37 percent, and political newcomer John Thigpen received 338 votes, or 34.5 percent, to fill the seats. The third candidate in the race, former city Councilman C.D. Morris, received 280 votes, or 28.5 percent.

Cox defeats Christmas for superintendent

ATLANTA - A Republican critic of Georgia's education reform defeated a teachers association executive for the state school superintendent's seat.

Republican Kathy Cox won with 53 percent of the vote over Democrat Barbara Christmas, who had 44 percent. Libertarian Lynn Krogseng had 3 percent.

Secretary of State wins second term

Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox, who was responsible for the state's new voting system, won another four-year term. She had 62 percent of the vote to Republican Charles Bailey Sr.'s 35 percent. Libertarian Mike Pitts garnered 3 percent.

Baker holds onto Attorney General post

Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker defeated Republican Shannon Goessling, holding a lead of 56 percent to Ms. Goessling's 44 percent.