Four can­di­dates pre­pare for the Aug. 21 runoff.

The Covington News - - Front Page - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­news.com

The Pri­mary Elec­tion is over, but two races have yet to be de­cided and some New­ton County vot­ers will have to head back out to the polls for an Au­gust runoff elec­tion if they want to have a fi­nal say.

The Repub­li­can pri­mary for the Dis­trict 5 board of com­mis­sion­ers seat and the Demo­cratic pri­mary for the Dis­trict 113 state rep­re­sen­ta­tive seat will both have runoff elec­tions as no sin­gle can­di­date re­ceived more than 50 per­cent of the vote.

The of­fi­cial runoff elec­tion date will be Aug. 21, but there will be early vot­ing, though An­gela Man­tle, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of the New­ton County Board of Elec­tions, said she didn’t yet know when early vot­ing would be of­fered. The lo­cal board was still work­ing on fi­nal­iz­ing re­sults Thurs­day.

The state rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dis­trict 113 race has no Repub­li­can can­di­dates, so who­ever wins the elec­tion will win the seat. In­cum­bent Pam Dick­er­son of Cony­ers will face Sharon Sawyer of Cov­ing­ton.

Dick­er­son won the ma­jor­ity of votes in Rock­dale Coun- ty’s sin­gle precinct, cap­tur­ing 356 votes to Sawyer’s 67, but the re­sults were much closer in New­ton’s 10 precincts, where Dick­er­son took 1,603 votes to Sawyer’s 1,445.

Collins re­ceived a to­tal of 1,185 votes, so the race is very much up for grab de­pend­ing on who gets those votes.

The Repub­li­can Dis­trict 5 board of com­mis­sion­ers race was even closer as Ron­nie Dims­dale and Le­vie Mad­dox tied with 740 votes a piece (29.8 per­cent), in the race to re­place Tim Flem­ing.

The other con­tenders, Wes­ley Dowdy and Jared Rut­berg, cap­tured a com- bined 1,003 votes, mean­ing more than 40 per­cent of the to­tal vote is up for grabs in a runoff.

How­ever, runoffs his­tor­i­cally have much lower turnouts than reg­u­lar elec­tions, and it’s un­clear how many of the 17,070 vot­ers will turn out for the re­matches.

Any reg­is­tered voter can vote in the runoff elec­tion, even if they didn’t vote in the pri­mary. Those who voted in the pri­mary must stick with the same party they voted for the first time, while those who didn’t vote (or those who voted non­par­ti­san) can choose ei­ther party.

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