Area Runoff Elections happening Tuesday

Savannah mayoral runoff happening Tuesday

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Tuesday, if you live in parts of the Coastal Empire you can head to the polls.

Georgia voters will decide any remaining Runoffs from the 2019 elections.

That includes city council seats in Richmond Hill, Guyton, and Walthourville. And it also means people in Savannah will know who their next mayor is.

Since Nov. 5 Savannah mayoral candidates, Alderman Van Johnson and Incumbent Eddie DeLoach, have spent the last few weeks campaigning for Tuesday. The two speak in confidence about coming out on top.

The two candidates held rallies Monday to further reach out to the community and tell them why they should come out to the polls. DeLoach was behind in votes after the general election, but Johnson didn’t reach the 51 percent that would’ve given him the mayor seat.

They both say it’s imperative that people come to cast their votes.

“Savannah belongs to everybody. The community, the people at large, should have a say in the direction of their city. I’m tired of Savannah living in mediocrity. I’m tired of Savannah just getting along to get along. I want to move Savannah from good to great,” said Johnson.

“We’re here and we’ve worked hard for the community and we would like to have another four years to continue to work hard. We can’t do this without a vote. We feel like our folks show up we have a chance to win,” said DeLoach.

On November 5 the countywide voter turnout for the general election was 22%, significantly less than in the 2015 election.

“Voters came out and let our city government know that they were not satisfied with how our government was moving,” said Johnson.

Six new members were voted on to city council after the general election. At his rally, Johnson says he’s confident that he’s able to work with them to move the city forward.

“You have to make sure that you first find common ground. Let’s not talk about differences, let’s find common denominators and let’s build off of those things," said Johnson.

DeLoach is seeking his second term as mayor, saying he wants to continue the success he’s had over the last four years with things like affordable housing and breaking the cycle of crime.

“We reduced the murder rate in half and we also got the overall crime down 20 percent or 40 percent any way you look at it,” said DeLoach.

They say they also plan to focus specifically on finding a new city manager and putting the focus on the people.

“Everyone is the city of Savannah. There is not just one person," said DeLoach.

Both candidates say it’s imperative that people go out to the polls and vote.

“Savannah belongs to everybody. The community, the people at large, should have a say in the direction of their city. I’m tired of Savannah living in mediocrity. I’m tired of Savannah just getting along to get along. I want to move Savannah from good to great,” said Johnson.

“Win, lose or draw, it’s important for the people to take part in this so that we know what they’re looking for and we can push forward with that idea,” said DeLoach.

Also on Tuesday, District 6 Alderman Tony Thomas is defending his seat against Kurtis Purtee. Thomas had the most votes on Election Day, so Purtee will have to make up some ground there.

The city of Richmond Hill will be voting for a city council post runoff. The City Council Post 4 seat will be contested by Les Fussell and Steve Scholar. Both candidates would be new to the council. Richmond Hill residents can vote at the Wetlands Center.

The city of Guyton will be voting for two council positions. Post 1 between Tamela Mydell and T. Marshall Reiser, and Post 2 between Andy Harville and Hursula Wallace Pelote. Guyton residents can vote at the Guyton Public Safety complex on Magnolia Street.

In Liberty County, Walthourville residents can vote for Post 3 and 5 City Council seats. Post 3 will be between Renee Anderson Heminway and Bridgett Kelly, and Post 5 is between Sarah Betty Hayes and Vincent K. Pray. Voters can head to the Walthourville Police Department on Talmadge Road to cast their ballots.

The polls will be open on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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