Election Day 2016 Re-Cap

Carroll County’s sheriff will become the longest serving sheriff in the history of the county; it’s a new era in the ‘city of gold’ as voters elect their first new mayor in 12 years; and, as goes west Georgia, so goes the nation in the presidential race.
69-percent of Carroll County voters tapped Donald Trump on their polling place computer screen Tuesday, while 85-percent of voters in Haralson County picked the one-time reality show presenter. Trump went on to win the state of Georgia and ultimately moved past the magic number of 270 electoral votes to become the president-elect.
Four more years for Carroll County Sheriff Terry Langley as he wins his fifth consecutive election on Tuesday. Langley collecting just under 80-percent of the vote to defeat challenger Mike Bryant.
The Villa Rica Mayor-Elect may not have to wait until the new year to be sworn into office. City council had suggested they wanted to put whoever was elected to office to work as soon as possible. Former Parks & Rec. Director Jeff Reese won the honor by collecting more than 61-percent of the vote.
City Councilwoman Shirley Marchman has served as interim-Mayor since summer. She was appointed to that position after long time mayor J. Collins resigned to run for the District 68 state house seat, which he ultimately won.
Reese could be sworn in as Villa Rica’s next mayor soon after Tuesday’s election figures are certified by the state.
Residents of Villa Rica’s east side will be asked to head to the polls one more time this year. A run-off is required in the ward four council race.
Gil McDougal and Mike Young will face-off December sixth, after being the top two vote-getters in a 4-man race Tuesday. Neither candidate collected the more than 50-pecent required to avoid a run-off election.
In other local races, Michael Sprayberry was the winner of the Whitesburg City Council post 4 seat with 65 percent of the votes in his race against Michael E. Thomas.
The Mt. Zion city council post 2 special election was a close one. Eric Robinson had 263 votes (50.67 percent), giving him a narrow win over C. Ellis Webb with 252 votes, 48.55 percent.
Carroll County will have a new U-S House Representative in 2017. Drew Ferguson will replace Lynn Westmoreland in 2017. Ferguson won in Carroll County received more votes than Democrat Andrea Pendley district wide.
More than three-quarters of Carroll County’s active voters cast ballots on Tuesday or in the previous three weeks of advanced voting.
Haralson County voters elect to allow some county senior citizens an additional tax exemption. 87-percent of voters approved an amendment to provide an additional homestead exemption for residents who are 65 years of age or older and whose income, not including certain retirement income, does not exceed $10,000.00.
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