ELECTION NOTEBOOK: A look at the local candidates
With all district precincts reporting, Milledgeville's Rick Williams can be declared the winner in the GOP primary in the District 25 State Senate race. Williams has 52.18 percent of the vote, with presumably only a handful of provisional ballots left to be counted.
Prior to 2012, when Butts County man Burt Jones was elected, District 25 had always been considered the "Milledgeville district," and a Milledgeville person had represented District 25 for many, many decades. Based on the fact that the district is strongly drawn for Republicans, and the Democrat has a snowball's chance in you-know-where of winning in November, it appears that the District 25 seat is coming back to Milledgeville.
District 25 was always the "Milledgeville district" because Baldwin County had always been easily the largest county. Baldwin certainly showed up for Williams in the primary, and Williams received 3,973 votes (85 percent) in his home county. Somewhat surprisingly, Williams held his own in the northern counties in the district, which are more on Jeffares' home turf. Williams took 40.4 percent of the vote in Jasper and 38 percent in Jeffares home county of Butts. Jeffares racked up and picked up 64 percent in Henry County, however, where he previously lived before moving to Butts County. Fortunately for Williams, only a small sliver on Henry County is included in District 25.
Meanwhile, another Milledgeville man – Floyd Griffin – was polling at 12 percent in the Secretary of State Democratic primary. That put Griffin fourth out of five candidates. Griffin, 77, did very well in Baldwin County, however, picking up 77 percent of the vote.
All other local candidates on the ballot were unopposed. They were:
• Gloria Wicker – School Board, District 1 (non-partisan)
• Wesley Cummings – School Board, District 5 (non-partisan)
• Paul W. Hitchock – State Court Judge (non-partisan)
•Hoganne Harrison Walton – State Representative District 133 (Democrat)
•Ken Vance – State Representative District 133 (Republican)