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Incumbents Take Most Elections

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Carrol County and Haralson County Ga -- Incumbents dominated elections in Carroll County Tuesday with overall voter turnout low but unsurprising, considering there were no county wide elections.

A pair of contested races in happened in Carrollton.

Ward 1 councilman Gerald Byrd has more years after he defeated challenger Jacqulene bridges with 78% of the vote.

Byrd commented, "I look forward to continuing to work with all of our citizens. We have a great city council who is working with me on improving many aspects of our city. I look forward to hosting some more town hall meetings throughout the ward as well, hearing the ideas of the constituents and I'm just excited over what the future holds."

Incumbent for Ward 2, Rory Wojcik, will begin serving his first full term in 2018 after collecting 63%  of the votes versus challenger Wes Phillips

In the City of Temple there was only one contested race and that was for the city's Ward 2 seat. the incumbent, Howard Walden, collected 62% of the votes over challenger Jason Bice.

"I will tell you that I'm extremely honored to win my council seat. I look forward to working with the new administration that will be seated in January. I think the people of Temple are going to notice a big difference in things that we're going to get done and things that we have in mind," stated Councilman Walden.

The City of Gold had two contested races, which were both city council races.
Villa Rica Ward 3 will continue to be represented by Leslie McPherson, who collected 71% of the vote over challenger Dr. Bernice Brooks.

McPherson voiced, "My voters showed up like they said they would and I just appreciate that. I wanted to win and to be honest I wanted to win decisively because that tells me that my constituents are pleased with the job I'm doing and they want me back in there."

And Councilman Danny Ward will continue to serve for Ward 5 after holding off the challenge from Larry Cohrs. Carter collected 67% of the votes.

Meanwhile in neighboring Haralson County, the only challenged race in Tallapoosa goes to newcomer Raymond Ballew. He defeated the Post 2 City Council incumbent Kendall Robinson by collecting 187of the 286 cast votes.

In Bremen, Lin Clayton will serve in the Post 4 seat on city council in 2018. Brandon Barrow also took the race for the Post 5 seat on the City Schools Board of Education.

The closest race of the night came from Haralson County's T-SPLOST vote. But 957 votes were in favor of the new tax over 933 against. The new measure allows for collecting a 1% tax on sales for the next five years. The funding collected would go toward transportation projects in the county and its municipalities.
 
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