Euharlee awaits runoff information
by Mark Andrews
Nov 06, 2013 | 1214 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A runoff election is slated for the two Euharlee City Council seats at large, contested by four candidates. However, County Elections Supervisor Joseph Kirk said details regarding the runoff will be made available at a later date.

“Since nobody got a clear majority here of 229 votes or above, then we know there has to be some sort of runoff. I’ve actually never conducted a runoff in a vote for two races before, so I need to consult my attorney before I can tell you exactly who it’s going to be between and exactly how it’s going to go down,” Kirk said. “So, in this case, you’re looking at a runoff. But if we do a runoff that’s knocked down to two candidates for somebody to get a clear majority in a vote for two races, then whoever is in the runoff is actually winning.”

Kirk said he will have to consult with his attorney and Euharlee City Attorney Boyd Pettit.

Incumbent Joseph “Jo-Jo” Turner was first appointed in 1988 and saw 223, or 27.63 percent, of votes. Incumbent Sammy Carden has served two terms and saw 194, or 24.04 percent, of votes. Ronald Nesbitt saw 226, or 28 percent, of votes and David Stout saw 164, or 20.32 percent, of votes.

Nesbitt thanked voters for coming out to the polls Thursday.

“I appreciate the people taking time out of their busy schedule and coming out and voting and I just look forward to the runoff and letting the people choose who they would like to have as their elected official,” Nesbitt said.

Turner said he appreciates being considered as a candidate and council member for more than 20 years.

“I’m honored by the people of the city of Euharlee who have given me another chance,” Turner said. “I’ve been on the city council for several years and it’s really a privilege and when you have an interest in a public job ..., it just makes you feel good to know people still have the trust and the respect for you to give you a chance each time to serve and keep going.”

Calls to Carden and Stout were not returned at press time.

Results remain unofficial until confirmed by the secretary of state Friday at 5:05 p.m.