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Long County voters choose new faces in special election

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LUDOWICI, GA (WTOC) -

Voters in Long County waited months to cast ballots for county commissioners and school board members. But when they did, they opted for challengers over incumbents in nearly every race.

The elections were delayed from last fall because the U.S. Department of Justice initially rejected the county's new district lines following the 2010 census. 

For county commission, voters picked challenger Gerald Blocker over David Richardson for District 1 by a vote of 211 to 191. For district 2, Robert Long unseated Wallace Shaw by a 215 to 64 margin. Incumbent Andy Fuller qualified for a runoff by one vote for district 3. Challenger Willie Thompson received 83 of the 166 votes cast among three candidates. With one more vote, Thompson would have won the race without a runoff. In district 4, Kent Hall defeated incumbent Clifton DeLoach 185-70. In district 5, Dwight Gordon defeated incumbent Bobby Walker 118-111.

In school board races, challenger Carolyn Williamson beat incumbent Dempsey Golden 53-43. In district 4, Janet Watford unseated Linda DeLoach 171-87. District 3 board member Florence Baggs was the sole incumbent to return and faced no opposition. Neither Marcus DeLoach nor Julie Norman Dawson faced opposition for the district 1 and district 5 seats respectively.

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