County sees landslide victories
Vaughn (right) aims to 'mend' relationships; Freeman (left) wants lower taxes
Current Elbert County District 2 Commissioner Lee Vaughn won the race for Commission Chairman in a landslide against former District 2 Commissioner Tom Allgood with Vaughn securing 4,638 votes at 64.62 percent and Allgood falling short with 2,523 votes at 35.15 percent. Write-in votes took the remaining 16 votes at 0.22 percent.
Vaughn says he feels “relieved” following the election and will “continue going in the right direction.”
“I’m glad it’s over,” Vaughn told The Elberton Star on Wednesday morning.
“I’d like to thank all the voters for the heavy turn-out.”
Vaughn continues to stay consistent with his campaign platform by commenting that his first two priorities will be to mend the relationship with the City of Elberton and Mayor Larry Guest and to work on helping Elbert County get a spec building for prospective businesses.
“I just got off the phone with Mr. Guest and we are good,” Vaughn reported.
In another landslide victory, Casey Freeman won the race for the seat of District 2 County Commissioner with 1,063 votes at 65.66 percent of the four precincts that make-up District 2.
His opponent Kam McClary fell short with 556 votes at 34.34 percent.
“It’s been a long campaign, but it’s been a good campaign,” said Freeman. “Kam and I both brought out issues that need to addressed.”
Freeman said his top priorities will still be lowering taxes and repairing roads.
“We need to get started with a systematic approach to fix roads in each district, and we need to keep the millage rate as low as possible ... I’m a conservative and I don’t believe in people paying any more in taxes than it takes to run a government.”
Freeman said he is “looking forward to helping the people of District 2.”
In the race for Governor of Georgia, Republican Candidate Brian Kemp took the lead in Elbert County with 69.98% of resident's votes in the gubernatorial election.
Democratic Candidate Stacey Abrams fell behind with 29.46 percent of the votes in Elbert County. Libertarian Ted Metz came in with 0.56 percent of the votes in Elbert County.
Elberton native and Democratic Candidate for State School Superintendent Otha Thornton fell short of votes in his hometown with 35.83 percent of Elbert County’s votes. Incumbent Republican Candidate Richard Woods received 64.17 percent of Elbert County’s votes.
According to an election summary report generated by Probate Judge Stephanie Hewell, 7,348 ballots were cast out of 11,123 registered voters in Elbert County, resulting in 66.06 percent of registered voters in Elbert County who turned out for this year’s mid-term elections.
Elbert County was a contributing factor to record-breaking early voting numbers that were announced earlier in the week. (See story 'Local voters contribute to all-time record')