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Recount next week in county commission race
by Noreen Cochran
May 23, 2014 06:28 PM | 3328 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The closest vote in nearly a decade will lead to a recount, since District 4 county commission hopefuls split almost equal parts of the primary vote.

Only two ballots separate incumbent Reid Bowman Sr. and Republican challenger Blake Prince.

As of today, Bowman was credited with 1,125 votes, or 50 percent of the 2,252 ballots cast, and Prince with 1,127, also representing 50 percent.

While 50 percent plus one vote is considered a final decision, Bowman said he officially asked for the recount.

“For 21 votes I probably wouldn’t but for two votes, it’s incumbent upon me to do that for my supporters who supported me,” he said. “My position is and always has been, whoever the people want is fine, but two votes is a totally different story.”

County Clerk Tina Lunsford said there will be a recount next week on a day yet to be determined at press time.

“[Election] night it’s unofficial and incomplete, because we’re waiting on provisional and outstanding military votes to come in. We run that on Friday. It changed it some,” she said about a late afternoon update May 23.

The count on Election Night showed a wider margin in Prince’s favor, 1,120 to Bowman’s 1,099.

Results were clearer in District 3, where incumbent Gary Barham won 2,060, or 58 percent of the 3,571 ballots cast.

Second in the three-way contest for the Republican nomination was William “Bill” Toney, with 1,276, or 36 percent.

Horace Brannan trailed with 235 votes, or 7 percent.

Percentages add up to more than 100 due to rounding.

Barham will meet Democratic challenger I. Darryl Payton of McDonough in the November general election.

In the District 4 school board race, Donna McBride handily beat Virgil Brannon in the nonpartisan contest, winning by a two-to-one margin of 2,125 votes, or 67 percent, to her opponent’s 1,048 votes, or 33 percent.

District 5 voters chose a new school board representative, giving Annette Edwards 1,886 votes, or 58 percent, against incumbent Erik Charles, who finished the night with 1,376 votes, or 42 percent.

State House and Senate seats were mostly uncontested in the primary except for House District 130, in which incumbent David W. Knight won 274 votes, or 63 percent, over challenger Jason K. Lovett’s 164, or 37 percent.

In the U.S. House, District 13 U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, won a landslide 83 percent against challenger Michael Owens from Mableton.

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