Athens Area Runoff Results

23 July 2014

The local political scene will have some new faces. After sometimes heated battles, the results for the primary election runoffs are in.

In the Athens-Clarke County battle for the District three commission seat, Longtime local activist Melissa Link, beat political newcomer Rachel Watkins. With most ballots counted Tuesday evening. Link, the editor of an environmental ethics journal and a regular presence in the audience at Athens-Clarke County Commission meetings, had earned 415 ballots to marketing professional Watkins 356 votes.
Watkins and Link emerged as the top two in a four-way race in the May 20 primary which included businessman Herb Gilmore and attorney Dustin Kirby.
Link replaces George Maxwell, one of two black commissioners,who did not seek re-election..
Jody Hice won the GOP nomination for the 10th Congressional District seat, over Mike Collins.
Hice will face Democratic nominee Ken Dious, an attorney from Athens, in the November general election.
With all precincts reporting as of Wednesday morning, Hice won 54.32 percent of the near 50,000 votes cast.
Broun resigned from his Congressional seat in an unsuccessful bid for Saxby Chambliss’ U.S. Senate seat and endorsed Hice to take his place as the 10th District representative.
In Oconee County, Bubber Wilkes defeated incumbent Margaret Hale. Two incumbent Barrow County Board of Education members have been ousted. Will Dunn and Randall Holland were defeated by Debi Krause and Michael Shelley.
Statewide Georgia Republicans have settled on businessman David Perdue as their nominee for the state’s open Senate seat. Now, the real battle begins with a marquee match-up in the fall against Democrat Michelle Nunn. The race is being closely watched nationally because Republicans are trying to win back the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama’s term.

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