Democrats sweep New­ton County in gen­eral elec­tion

Slump­ing econ­omy also cre­ates head­lines

The Covington News - - Front page - By Rachel Oswald

Elec­tion news and sto­ries of the widen­ing and deep­en­ing re­ces­sion dom­i­nated the head­lines in New­ton County much as they did the na­tion in 2008.

The Novem­ber elec­tions saw sev­eral his­toric firsts for New­ton County — the first time a woman was elected chair of the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, the first time a black res­i­dent was elected sher­iff of the county and the first time that county res­i­dents voted over­whelm­ingly for the Demo­cratic Party in decades.

A to­tal of 36 candidates vied for 11 open county po­si­tions dur­ing the sum­mer gen­eral pri­maries, in­clud­ing seven candidates run­ning for the BOC District 3 seat alone. In Novem­ber, county res­i­dents voted for Demo­cratic candidates in 11 of the 15 con­tested par­ti­san races on the bal­lot in­clud­ing, by a very close mar­gin, Pres­i­den­t­elect Barack Obama.

County chair-elect Kathy Mor­gan and Sher­iff-elect Ezell Brown will both be sworn into of­fice to­day at the New­ton County His­toric Court­house. Other newly elected of­fi­cials will join them: District 3 Com­mis­sioner Nancy Schulz, District 5 Com­mis­sioner Tim Flem­ing and District 2 Board of Ed­u­ca­tion mem­ber Ed­die John­son.

Some high­lights of the 2008 elec­tion sea­son in­clude:

The Repub­li­can race for Ge­or­gia’s Se­nate District 17 seat be­came quite volatile dur­ing the sum­mer with chal­lenger Mike Crotts ac­cus­ing his op­po­nent, in­cum­bent Sen. John Dou­glas, of im­prop­erly us­ing his po­si­tion as

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