Banes claims chair

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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.

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