Election Day: Find results for races in Ga., S.C.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Tuesday, Nov. 2 is Election Day and there are many races we are keeping track of across Georgia and South Carolina.
In Georgia, the only state-level office on the ballot is in Chatham County. That is the race for the 165th District. Whoever wins will represent part of the county in the General Assembly.
WTOC spoke with each candidate and all five were excited about Election Day and are looking forward to hearing the results. Each candidate has a vision for how they would serve the people here in this district. We asked each of them what they think the biggest issue the district faces right now.
“We all need Medicaid expansion and reform. We live in the richest nation in the history of the world. Everyone should have decent healthcare,” said Clinton Young, (D) candidate.
“The mandates need to be abolished. Stripping people away from their American way of life is wrong,” said Clinton Cowart, (L) candidate.
“The biggest issue right now is not having someone in the seat for redistricting. We don’t have someone for tomorrow who’s going to be out there fighting for us and making sure the district is safe,” said Antwan Lang, (D) candidate.
“We’ve got to fight to get livable wages so we can decrease the crime in all of Chatham county, not just 165th. And that’s going to be my first run to make that happen,” said Sabrina E. Kent, (D) candidate.
“The biggest thing right now is reapportionment. As you realize reapportionment is happening across this nation. We must watch the lines to see where they’re going,” said former Mayor Edna Jackson, (D) candidate.
Besides those issues, some of the candidates say they wanted to focus on reducing violent crime, expanding healthcare access and education.
Three communities in Chatham County have mayoral races on the ballot. Those are Thunderbolt, Bloomingdale, and Port Wentworth. City council seats are also up for grabs in Port Wentworth, Garden City, and Tybee Island.
For many in Georgia, the only item on the ballot was E-SPLOST. That includes Bryan County.
This is one of the fastest growing counties in the country. The Board of Elections says Tuesday afternoon, across the county, they aren’t seeing medium-sized crowds.
The poll workers say since Tuesday morning, they’ve had 118 people come out, they only expected about 20. We spoke with a couple earlier who says they always vote in every election and Tuesday is no exception. They usually vote early but they knew Tuesday wouldn’t be busy.
“I just think it’s a privilege to be able to vote. It’s our civic duty. It’s a duty to vote so we just enjoy doing it, even tired we can do it. We do every chance we get,” said voters Patsy and Frank Goodwin.
Poll workers say they expect to get to 200 by the end of the day. Their heaviest crowd is around this time when people get off work.
Statesboro is voting on a mayoral race and a referendum question. Turnout has been light.
Fewer than 1,000 voters cast early ballots leading up to Tuesday. On the ballot, voters must decide between incumbent mayor Jonathan McCollar and first-time candidate Ernest Larry Lawton. In addition, there’s a referendum on package sales in the city.
Some voters we spoke with said they consider a mayor to be a vital spokesperson and leader for a city, especially a small-but-growing place like Statesboro.
“I think a lot of people listen to the mayor when it comes to a city, a lot of people look for his direction,” said voter Sue Cox.
Voters in Statesboro’s District 4 will also pick between incumbent councilman John Riggs and Kris Yager-Rushton.
In Bluffton there are two town council seats and two county wide referendums on the ballot this year. We asked Lowcountry voters at the poll how their voting experience has been.
“Excellent, completely seamless, easy, easy, easy,” said voter Anne Casey.
“It was great, I didn’t have to vote for very many things. It was very easy to vote now with the voting machines that are, you just touch the things no more writing with a pencil,” said voter Patrick Bullister.
Poll workers say they’ve seen many more people than they were expecting.
“I was surprised that we had that many people come because there wasn’t that many people on the ballot and just two referendums but people cared and they turned out. I think people have realized that it’s important for you to vote,” said poll worker Doris Miller.
There is a referendum on the ballot in Beaufort County on possibly changing how the county auditor and treasurer are chosen. There is a second county referendum and two Bluffton town council seats up for grabs as well.
To see election results, head to our Elections Center.
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