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Allen, House in GOP runoff for 2nd District

ATLANTA -- Rick Allen and John House will meet again Aug. 21 to determine who will face U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, in the Nov. 6 General Election.

None of the three candidates who sought the Republican nomination in the 2nd District got the simple majority needed to win without a runoff.

Unofficial results with all 29 counties in the district reporting Wednesday showed that Allen, a Columbus businessman, led the trio with 11,300 votes, or 41.9 percent of the ballots cast in the race.

John House, a retired military veteran from Midland, finished second with 8,608 votes, or 32 percent, to qualify for the runoff. Ken DeLoach, of Macon, finished third with 7,035 votes, or 26.1 percent.

Bishop had no opposition in Tuesday's Democratic primary.

BAKER COUNTY

In Baker County, first-term Sheriff Dana Meade has an uphill battle to retain his seat after finishing second in Tuesday's Democratic primary. Tim Williamson led the race with 614 votes, 47.5 percent, to Meade's 456, or 35.3 percent.

Kelly Smith finished out of the running in third place with 223 votes, or 17.3 percent.

Williamson and Meade will face off again Aug. 21 in a Democratic runoff election.

In other contested School Board races -- all Democratic -- incumbents didn't fare well. Brenda King nudged out incumbent Janet Anderson in the Hoggards Mill District seat on the board. King won 51.3 percent of the vote, with 627 votes to Anderson's 595.

Sharon Heard beat incumbent Carrie V. Hall for the Newton District seat on the School Board. Heard had 680 votes, 54.5 percent, to Hall's 568. In a battle of incumbents for the Milford District seat, Bonnie Hudson defeated Myrlene Sheffield 670, or 57.7 percent, to 492.

No incumbents sought the School Board seat for the Elmodel District, with Chasity Hay Moye winning 648 votes, or 54.7 percent, to defeat Gloria Hall Bynes.

Also in the Elmodel District, Connie C. Hobbs defeated Charles Fitzgerald 659 to 539 for a seat on the County Commission. There was no incumbent in the race, which Hobbs won with 55 percent of the vote.

In another commission race without an incumbent, Kevin Coker took 62.3 percent of the vote to defeat Emmett Miller, 753-455, to represent the Hoggards Mill District.

Overall, 1,345 of Baker County's 2,122 registered voters cast ballots, giving the county a turnout of 63.4 percent.

MITCHELL COUNTY

In Mitchell County, turnout was 38.8 percent with 4,320 of the 11,143 registered voters participating.

In the County Commission race for District 5, Democrat Gerald F. Hagan nudged past Dan Bollinger by a vote of 238-219. With 52.1 percent of the vote, he is set to face Republican David Sullivan, who was unopposed, in November.

In County Commission District 4, Julius Hatcher, a Democrat, defeated Eugene Curles by claiming 55 percent fo the vote, 431-352.

The race for coroner is going to a Democratic runoff Aug. 21. Stedderick Thomas led votegetters with 1,590 votes, or 44.1 percent, with Curtis Edison qualifying with 833 votes, or 23.1 percent. Merrie Johnson finished third with 751 votes, and Jimmy Kolbie was named on 435 ballots.

In the contest for tax commissioner, Jackie B. Batchelor defeated Tommy R. Sangster with 71.2 percent of the vote -- 2,517 to 1,018 -- to win the Democratic race.

TERRELL COUNTY

In Terrell County, the turnout was 40.4 percent with 2,323 of the county's 5,748 registered voters casting ballots.

In the nonpartisan race for judge of Probate Court, Carol M. Speir defeated Sondra Rivers with 53.7 percent of the vote -- 1,207 to 1,041.

In the Democratic race for coroner, the outcome was decided by a scant six votes. Incumbent James Hamby was named on 776 ballots, while challenger David Dennard Jr. received 770 votes. The difference between the two was less than four-tenths of a percent.

CALHOUN COUNTY

Calhoun County saw more than half of its 2,776 voters -- 1,531 -- cast ballots, giving it a 55.2 percent turnout.

In contested races, Brenda M. Weathersby handily defeated incumbent Mike Stuart in the County Commission Post 2 contest. Weathersby took 228 votes, or 61.5 percent, to Stuart's 143.

In the at-large race for School Board, two incumbents faced off. Julian Holder won 54.3 percent of the Democratic vote to defeat Alvin Williams, 948-798.

Sheriff Josh Hilton, meanwhile, won a new term despite having two challengers. Hilton received 866 votes, 59.2 percent, to win outright against Walt Ingram, who received 462 votes, and Mickey White, who was named on 136 ballots.