Stacy Thomas, left, takes a sticker which reads "I'm a Georgia voter" from polling official Jean Wilson after casting her ballot Tuesday at Constitution Hall polling center in Fort Oglethorpe. On the ballot in Fort Oglethorpe were two referendums on Sunday alcohol sales and three City Council seats.Photo by Doug Strickland.
Sunday alcohol sales approved in Fort Oglethorpe
Fort Oglethorpe voters today overwhelmingly approved Sunday alcohol sales of beer, wine and liquor and package sales of beer and wine.
Also, by a landslide, they voted in a slate of City Council candidates who were opposed to the sudden dismissals on March 22 of City Manager Ron Goulart, police Chief David Eubanks and Public Works Director Jeff Long.
By-the-glass alcohol sales passed with 740 votes for and 432 against. Package sales won by 740 in favor to 432 against.
Incumbent Ward 2 Councilman Earl Gray — who opposed the employees' dismissals — received 781 votes to challenger Arlene Walker's 393.
Incumbent Ward 3 Councilman Louis Hamm — who voted to fire Goulart — came in last in his race, with 204 votes compared to candidate Craig Crawford's 710 votes and Scott Chastain's 277 votes.
Challenger Paula G. Stinnett defeated incumbent Ward 5 candidate Clay Kissner with 810 votes to his 370 votes.
Walker County voters pass SPLOST
Voters in Walker County, Ga., on Tuesday renewed the county's special purpose local option sales tax, according to elections officials. There were 3,605 votes in favor of of renewing the tax of 1 cent per $1 of sales until 2019 and 1,713 votes against, unofficial records show.
In the city of LaFayette, Mayoral candidate Andy Arnold had 232 votes, compared to 76 for Michael Lovelady and 10 for James H. Mashburn. In Ward 1, Beacher Garmany had 155 votes, Glen Gunnells 49 and Robert Wardlaw 112. Incubment Ward 2 Councilman Ben Bradford had 166 votes, leading challenger Ronald M. Underwood.
Shannon Whitfield wins Chickamauga City Council seat
Chickamauga, Ga., was the first area city to finalize its election results Tuesday night, and voters there appointed Shannon Whitfield to the City Council.
The council race included two incumbents, both of whom retained their seats. Evitte Parrish received the most votes with 350, and Randal Dalton received 328. Shannon Whitfield finished a strong second with 349 votes.
James Dale Powell, the only candidate who did not win a city council seat, finished with 158 votes.
Read more in Wednesday's timesfreepress.com.