Elec­tion re­sults

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - SANDRA BRANDS sbrands@cov­news.com

Two Demo­crat can­di­dates, an un­con­tested Re­pub­li­can for Nov.

The Demo­cratic can­di­date for County Chair for the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers will be Mar­cello Banes, who re­ceived 51.40 per­cent of the vote. The to­tal num­ber of votes cast was 2778, with 1,428 for Banes and 1,350 for Phil John­son.

He will run against Re­pub­li­can Aaron Varner in Novem­ber.

Banes said he was grate­ful to the cit­i­zens of New­ton County "who have de­cided they want Mar­cello Banes on the Demo­cratic side of the ticket.

"I want to give honor to my Lord and Sav­ior Je­sus Christ, with­out whom this wouldn't be pos­si­ble. I want to thank my church fam­ily, Spring­field Bap­tist Church and Pas­tor Eric Lee for their sup­port. I want to thank Team Banes for their sup­port."

He said he also wanted to thank his op­po­nent, Phil John­son for run­ning a clean race. "We look for­ward to rep­re­sent­ing New­ton County on the Demo­cratic ticket."

John­son was hon­ored by the ded­i­ca­tion of his team, say­ing, “When you work as hard as my fam­ily, our team, and I worked, it’s dis­ap­point­ing not to reach your goal. But, I am proud of the cam­paign we ran and hum­bled by the un­be­liev­able ef­fort of amaz­ing vol­un­teers who gave this ev­ery­thing they had. This wasn’t just about win­ning an elec­tion; it was about per­suad­ing peo­ple to unite to build a bet­ter New­ton County to­gether. As Ted Kennedy closed his re­marks at the 2008 Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion: ‘the work goes on, the cause en­dures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.’”

NEW STATE SENATE DEMO­CRATIC CAN­DI­DATE ALSO DE­CIDED

Tonya An­der­son took 4,276, or 50.06 per­cent of the votes from three coun­ties in­clud­ing New­ton. She won out over Dee Dawkins-Haigler, who re­ceived 4,266, or 49.94 per­cent of the to­tal vote. In New­ton, An­der­son re­ceived 1,103, or 53.67 per­cent, while Haigler 952 votes, or 48.60 per­cent. An­der­son will be the Demo­cratic can­di­date for the State Senate Dis­trict 43 race and will run against Re­pub­li­can in­cum­bent State Sen­a­tor JaNice Van Ness in the gen­eral elec­tion.

Banes

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