Polk County votes in November general election
Polk County election officials worked well into the early morning hours on Nov. 5 following the general election to come up with results in local and statewide races.
Those included the defeat of the Polk County Paid-Volunteer fire plan put before voters by only 26 votes on election night, and the election of a new school board member to represent Cedartown on the Board of Education.
Democrat Bernard Morgan, a native of Cedartown who returned back to Polk County 10 years ago after living in Lithonia for a number of years, said he’s ready to take up the challenge of helping improve education for Polk County students.
He defeated republican incumbent Susan Berry for the seat in a 324-252 win at the ballot box.
Board of Education District 4 representa- tive Grady McCrickard retained his seat in the only other contested race locally. He defeated Regina Roberts with more than 73 percent of the vote in four different local precincts.
McCrickard faced a primary challenge in May from local businessman Dan Guinn, and moved onto the general election to face Roberts.
With only a 26 vote margin, Polk County voters also turned down a plan to phase in paid firefight- ers with volunteers over the next ten years and move stations around within the county.
A districtwide election for the 31st District state senate race ended with republican incumbent Bill Heath retaining his seat against Charles Winter with more than 73 percent of the vote.
Most of the incumbents in the November general election ran without any opposition locally. Polk County Commissioners Jason Ward and Marshelle Thaxton retained their seats in the primaries, while new commissioner Jennifer Hulsey ran unopposed in the general election, but defeated Cleve Hartley and incumbent Philip Bentley for the seat.
Ward also defeated a challenger in the May primaries to retain his seat unopposed in this election.
Board of education members Jane Holbrooks, Tommy Sanders and Terry Estes retained their seats.
Estes won a primary challenge against Perry Barrett in May to run unopposed this election term.
Also elected in Polk County again in an unopposed election was Trey Kelley, who remains the 16th district representative in the state house.
Go to page 6A to find election results for Polk County and to read more about local races and their outcomes.