Democrats sweep Newton County in general election
Slumping economy also creates headlines
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