Worthington wins Decatur County Board of Education, D6 race

Published 9:31 pm Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Voters chose Eric Worthington to fill the Decatur County Board of Education, District 6 seat vacated by Jacky Grubbs in the May Primary on Tuesday.

Worthington took 58.89 percent of the votes with 202. His opposition, Marvin Van Thomas, received 141 votes.

“I want to thank all the voters in District 6 for coming out and showing their support,” Worthington said. “I’d like to thank Mr. Jacky Grubbs for standing behind me and supporting me, and everybody who called and sent me messages wanting signs in their yard and for the people who took the time to talk with me. I’m honored to be the new board member. I congratulate Marvin on a fair race.”

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Thomas said, “I congratulate Eric. The people of West Bainbridge spoke and made their choice, and I support their choice.”

Incumbent Keith Lyle ran unopposed in the Board of Education, District 2 race and newcomer Mike Conder ran unopposed in the Board of Education, District 4 race.

Incumbent County Commissioner Thomas R. “Rusty” Davis (D, District 4) and incumbent Solicitor General Benjamin Harrell (D) have already won re-election without opposition.

Those who will face opposition in November for County Commission are incumbent George Anderson (D, District 1) incumbent Pete Stephens (D, District 6), James “Jim” Meredith (R, District 1) and Oliver Sellers (R, District 6).

Incumbent Wayne Thomas qualified for District Supervisor of Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. His name will not be on the ballot until Nov. 6, but no one qualified to run against him.

At press time, Casey Cagle was winning the Republican candidate race for Georgia Governor with 112,573 votes and Stacey Abrams was winning the Democratic candidate race with 132,355 votes. The Lt. Governor race was led by David Shafer for the Republicans and Sarah Riggs Amico for the Democrats. Brad Raffensperger was holding the lead for Republican Secretary of State candidate and John Barrow had the lead on the Democrat side.