Kendrick wins big in runoff

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The turnout was low in Tuesday's runoff election, but businessman Steven Kendrick's margin of victory over former Augusta Commissioner Tommy Boyles in the Richmond County Tax Commissioner's race was high.

Mr. Kendrick became the Democratic nominee for the job with 65.3 percent of the vote. He received 4,297 votes to Mr. Boyles' 2,284 votes. His name will appear on the November general election ballot.

Because there is no Republican nominee for the office, Mr. Kendrick will take office in January.

After the election, Mr. Kendrick was celebrating with friends and supporters at 209 Lounge on Eighth Street.

"We feel really good about it," he said. "We worked really hard to get it to come out like this."

Mr. Kendrick, currently the vice president of Augusta Blueprint, won in 46 of the 75 precincts, scoring big wins at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Gracewood Community Center, Wildwood Christian Church and Jamestown Community Center.

He received 794 of the absentee ballots cast to Mr. Boyles' 505 votes.

Only 7.05 percent of voters eligible to vote in Richmond County in the runoffs turned out to help choose Democratic nominees in the tax commissioner's race and the U.S. Senate race between Vernon Jones and Jim Martin.

After the July 15 primary that put him into a runoff with Mr. Kendrick, Mr. Boyles said Mr. Kendrick got his voters out, and he didn't.

"His voters came together, and mine just did not," he said. "I called Steven and wished him the best."

Reach Sylvia Cooper at (706) 823-3228 or sylvia.cooper@augustachronicle.com.

WINNER:


Steven Kendrick 65.3%

Tommy Boyles 34.7%

- (75 of 75 precincts reporting)

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 08/06/08 - 04:38 am
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Steven Kendrick is a good man

Steven Kendrick is a good man and a good businessman. He'll be good for Augusta. Congratulations.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 08/06/08 - 05:49 am
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Best Wishes Mr. Kendrick

Best Wishes Mr. Kendrick

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 08/06/08 - 06:31 am
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Congrats Steve. I was

Congrats Steve. I was impressed with you the short amount of time I worked with on the DDA. You will make a better Tax Comm than Mayor or DDA member. Good luck on keeping the Commission flush with loot.

2tired2argueanymore
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2tired2argueanymore 08/06/08 - 06:51 am
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Hey can I get my property

Hey can I get my property re-assessed now? Congratulations Steven.

tarverc
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tarverc 08/06/08 - 06:59 am
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Congratulations Steven!

Congratulations Steven!

backpac-bill
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backpac-bill 08/06/08 - 07:32 am
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Only in Richmond County a

Only in Richmond County a person can win an election w/o being qualified for the position/job.yes I voted but did not cast a vote for either of these nominees.Congratulations Richmond County.

thereishope
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thereishope 08/06/08 - 08:10 am
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Congrats Mr. Kendrick!

Congrats Mr. Kendrick! Congrats on your pay raise! Does that mean you are going to pay all you outstanding and past due bills?

thereishope
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thereishope 08/06/08 - 08:11 am
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Congrats Mr. Kendrick!

Congrats Mr. Kendrick! Congrats on your pay raise! Does that mean you are going to pay all you outstanding and past due bills?

truthnlove
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truthnlove 08/06/08 - 08:22 am
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Steven Kendrick is one of the

Steven Kendrick is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. A good man on many levels. Congratulations Steve. Wishing you many years of success.

pav2003
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pav2003 08/06/08 - 08:24 am
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Congratulations to Mr.

Congratulations to Mr. Kendrick and best wishes in your new position!!!

iletuknow
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iletuknow 08/06/08 - 12:50 pm
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I smell property

I smell property re-assessments if you are the RIGHT person.

Grinder
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Grinder 08/06/08 - 12:53 pm
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I heard Mr. Kendrick speak

I heard Mr. Kendrick speak when he participated in a debate for the mayoral race (subsequently won by Deke). Copenhaver was the best candidate for mayor and had done a great job but it was obvious that Mr. Kendrick is an intelligent, well spoken gentleman with great ideas. Augusta is fortunate to have him as another of the bright young stars to hopefully lead us out of the quagmire Augusta goverment has been in for the past several decades. Remember this when he runs again in the future for another office.

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john 08/06/08 - 12:56 pm
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If Im not mistaken, this is

If Im not mistaken, this is the tax commissioner, not the tax assessor position.

Appleteenee
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Appleteenee 08/07/08 - 12:49 pm
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Congratulations & Best Wishes

Congratulations & Best Wishes to you Steven!!!!

whatsupwiththat
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whatsupwiththat 08/10/08 - 09:15 am
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He may be a "bright young

He may be a "bright young star" but I am afraid the only thing the Tax Commissioner can lead us into is higher taxes. I am very excited!

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