CAMILLA, Ga. — Republican state Rep. Jay Powell earned another term in Atlanta Tuesday, holding off a challenge by Democrat Jewell Howard.
Powell, a member of the state House’s powerful Appropriations Committee, won with nearly 60 percent of the vote throughout District 171.
Powell expressed gratitude Wednesday to those who turned out to vote for him, and said that his dance card in Atlanta for the next session is full.
“Primarily, we’re going to be focused on the budget,” Powell said. “...especially with the increase in Medicaid funding and with the economy still relatively weak, it’s not going to be easy to find money to plug the holes.”
Powell says he also intends to resubmit HB 811, a bill that would bar the state from spending money compiled in various funds from different kinds of service fees except for the intended purpose of the fees.
The bill passed the House but died in the Senate last term.
In Mitchell County, where 71 percent of registered voters showed up at the polls to vote Tuesday, incumbents retained their seats.
David Sullivan, a Republican, pulled in 57.5 percent of the vote to beat Democrat Gerald Hagan for the Mitchell County Commission’s District 5 seat.
Sheriff W.E. Bozeman, a Democrat, easily secured another four years after beating “Beech” Williams, a Republican, with almost 79 percent of the countywide vote.
All other local races in Mitchell County were uncontested.
In Dawson, longtime Mayor James Albritten was upset by Chris Wright by a 755-725 margin. Wright received 51 percent of the vote.
Terrell county voters also approved the sale of packaged liquor on Sunday by a 2,412-1,764 margin, with 58 percent of the voters favoring the liquor sales.
In Miller County, Sheriff Buddy Glass won another term over challenger David Bean, securing 66.7 percent of the vote.
Republican J.C. “Buddy” Johnson won a spot on the Miller County Board of Education’s 3rd District seat by earning 55.92 percent of the vote over Democrat Stacy Sheffield.
In Tift County, Suzanne Carter Johnson, the Republican incumbent probate court judge, easily won a re-election bid with 70.8 percent of the vote against challenger Ty Taylor.
Also in the Tifton area, Tyler Harper has won his first term as State Senator for the 7th Senate District after beating Donald Mitchell with 71.5 percent of the vote.