WUGA Election 2018 Coverage

Coverage of the May 22, 2018 primary elections.

Local Incumbents Upset in Clarke, Madison, Oglethorpe

May 23, 2018

Several ACC incumbents lost their bids for re-election last night. In a race which spanned Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties, public defender Lisa Lott won election to the Superior Court bench, defeating Regina Quick.

Incumbent ACC Commissioner Sharyn Dickerson lost her re-election bid to challenger Patrick Davenport in a surprising upset. Dickerson, who herself defeated an incumbent in 2014 to win her seat, lost to Davenport 58% to 42%.

And, District 5 Commissioner Jared Bailey lost his seat in a three-way race, when challenger Tim Denson won with over 50% of the vote.

Reaction from Athens-Clarke County Mayoral Candidates

May 23, 2018
Photo courtesy Jeanne Davis

The results are in the Athens-Clarke county mayor’s race and there will be no runoff. With 100% of the vote in, Commissioner Kelly Girtz won with just over 60% of the vote.

He spoke with WUGA at his victory celebration Tuesday night.

It feels fantastic to have gotten such overwhelming support from people in this town that I love so much,” Girtz said. “We were on message, we were positive, we were forward-focused, we were honest, we were warm, we were engaging and collectively, all those things yielded success.”

The Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections reports that over 6000 people have voted today as of early this afternoon. Combined with roughly 6500 early in-person votes and mailed ballots, turnout has already exceeded primary turnout in 2014, which was just over 12000, and 2010, which was roughly 10000.

Polls close statewide at 7PM, and the numbers reported could increase substantially before voting ends, because polling locations often see a surge of voters after 5PM. According to WUGA’s turnout models, total turnout may exceed 18000 voters.

10th District Congressman Jody Hice Seeking Reelection

May 22, 2018

We’re wrapping up our interviews with the candidates for the 10th district with congressman Jody Hice. He tells WUGA why he’s seeking re-election.

10th District incumbent Jody Hice is facing five challengers this election, three democrats and two republicans. Hice says he is running on many of the same issues he fought for last election.

Voters head to the polls again Tuesday from 7am to 7 pm.

Joe Hunt Candidate for 10th Congressional District

May 22, 2018

Joe Hunt is the final challenger featured in our continuing coverage in the race for the seat held by incumbent Jody Hice.

Businessman Joe Hunt is among the candidates taking aim at the 10th District Congressional seat. Hunt says he became interested in running in part due to the bitterness and divisiveness in the wake of the 2016 election.  he doesn’t think like the idea of safe seats and career politicians.

Economics his number one issue, wants to include small towns, and farms in economic booms.