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District 117 Republican race


Lee Anderson


(19 of 20 precincts reporting)

Brett McGuire.....30.13%

Former Columbia County Commissioner Lee Anderson, a farmer, took 3,625 votes to Brett McGuire's 1,563.

During his campaign, Mr. Anderson said he wanted to reduce government spending by allowing business to take control of some government programs, such as recreation. Mr. Anderson said he also wanted to reduce class sizes and reduce the paper workload of teachers.

- Donnie Fetter

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District 118 Republican race


Ben Harbin


(24 of 25 precincts reporting)

Lee Benedict.....30.8%

Republican incumbent Ben Harbin won 4,472 votes to Lee Benedict's 1,990 with all but provisional votes counted.

"It's always very rewarding - and good - when it's over," Mr. Harbin said Tuesday.

"It's been tough on the family and on myself, but it also gave us an opportunity to get out and talk to all the people," he said. "It's been tough, but it's a good tough."

- Rob Pavey and Donnie Fetter


District 3 Republican race


Charles Allen


(15 of 16 precincts reporting)

Deanne Hall.....32%

With his campaign that centered on freezing property taxes, Charles Allen received 2,804 votes to Deanne Hall's 1,318 votes.

Although he doesn't take office until January, Mr. Allen said he will start conducting research immediately to help further his pledge to work toward tax relief.

"We're going to go to work right away, looking at budgets, how the county operates," he said.

District 4 Nonpartisan


Scott Dean


(11 of 12 precincts reporting)

David Payne.....28.67%

Former Harlem Mayor Scott Dean defeated David Payne for the Commission District 4 seat with 2,293 of 3,240 votes.

Mr. Dean said he worked hard to convince voters, especially in the Winfield and Leah areas, that he intends to broaden his scope beyond Harlem's city limits.

"The (1-cent sales tax package) is the biggest issue we've got going right now, and (today) is the second meeting between the cities and the county," he said.

- Donnie Fetter



Barry Davis


(3 of 3 precincts reporting)

Theo Knight.....17%

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wise ole man
wise ole man 07/16/08 - 06:38 am
Congratulations to Lee

Congratulations to Lee Anderson. It is good to see a "good ole boy" excel despite what a blown up buffoon like Tommy Mercer said. We are very fortunate to have Lee as our representative. That is what "standing out in a field" talking to people will get you- elected. Shame on McGuire and company for trying to make Lee look dumb.

ripjones 07/16/08 - 08:11 am
It was a great Tuesday

It was a great Tuesday evening -- everyone I voted for, won. I agree with Wise -- Lee Anderson will stay grounded when he gets to Atlanta, or his wife Donna, is gonna "straighten" him out. Scott Dean and Charles Allen will both be welcomed on the Columbia County Commission. Barry Fleming was shown that he should've waited until the districts were redrawn after the census. Ben Harbin won again, but he has got to get this DUI crap over with. Take your punishment like a man. You've already gotten a better break (multiple delays, and keeping your license) than I would've received, if it had happened to me. And in Richmond County -- Ed Tarver quieted Marion Williams !! It was just a great night Tuesday...

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