Polk County votes in Novem­ber gen­eral elec­tion

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - From staff re­ports

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.

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