WUGA Election 2018 Coverage

Coverage of the May 22, 2018 primary elections.

John Slights

Several newly-elected candidates turning out for a post-election party at Hendershots hosted by the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement. President and Co-founder Mokah Jasmine Johnson says she’s encouraged by Clarke County now having three African-Americans on the commission.

“It’s historical, we’re excited,” Johnson said. “I mean as far as our organization, we want to see more diversity. “That’s what we’re pushing for, more diversity and inclusion and we’re encouraging more African-Americans to get up, get out and vote.”

Athens News Matters for May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018

On this edition of Athens News Matters,  guests Lee Shearer with the Banner Herald, Blake Aued with Flagpole, and Gwen O’ Looney with WXAG discuss the primary election results, the surprises and what’s next.

Athens News Matters Summary for May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018

On the next Athens News Matters, guests Lee Shearer with the Banner Herald, Blake Aued with Flagpole, and Gwen O’ Looney with WXAG discuss this week’s election results, the surprises and what’s next.

In a sweep that surprised many, Tabitha Johnson-Green easily defeated candidates Chalis Montgomery and Richard Dien Winfield in the Democratic primary for the 10th congressional district on Tuesday.

Both Montgomery and Winfield conceded via their official candidate Facebook pages on Wednesday.

Montgomery said she was not disappointed in the outcome of the primary. “We truly did make history, running two women for a seat that has gone uncontested for ages.”

Athens-Clarke County Commission Results

May 23, 2018

In the Athens-Clarke County District 1 Commissioner race, Patrick Davenport comfortably defeated Sharyn Dickerson by a margin of 58 to 42 percent. 

In the second district special election, Mariah Parker narrowly defeated Taylor Pass by a 50 to 49 margin; just 13 votes separated the two candidates. 

No such narrow victory in District 3, as Melissa Link defeated Tony Eubanks 71 to 29. 

In District 5, a runoff was avoided, with Tim Denson beating out the incumbent Jared Bailey and Danielle Benson with 51 percent of the vote. 

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