Banes claims chair
Newton County Board of Commissioners will fall under new leadership after Tuesday night’s election brought in historic results with Marcello Banes being named the first-ever African American chair in Newton County. Banes also will be the first chair under the new county charter, which will go into effect in January, putting more of the day-to-day responsibility on the county manager’s shoulders. Republican Candidate Aaron Varner successfully gained the majority of votes in 14 of the 24 precincts in Newton County, however Banes was able to tally 201 more votes making him the victor. With much of the Newton’s population in the western side of the county, near the Salem Road corridor, that area weighed heavily in the county selecting Banes and Hillary Clinton Tuesday. The eastern side of the county, seen in the electoral map in red is more sparsely populated but a larger land mass.