The Georgia runoff election is now in the books. One of the more hotly contested races in our area was Chatham County Commission District 4. Republicans Pat Farrell and Marianne Heimes faced off one more time.
Last month, only 16 votes separated Farrell and Heimes. Last night, the lead was stretched to a winning 281 vote margin: 1,992 voters in District 4 gave the nod to Farrell, 1,711 picked Heimes.
"I would have rather it didn't go there," said Farrell. "But it did, and I know there will be twists and turns and challenges. Not only in politics, but in life. And I'm there to deal with it and solve problems. I'm very happy. I'm humbled and I'm ready to dig in and get to work."
There are no Democrats in the race, so Pat Farrell is the next county commissioner in Chatham County's District 4.
Farrell says he will start meeting with county manager Russ Abolt and other commissioners as soon as he can to get a head start on his new job.