votes at *These election results are unofficial until being certified by the Secretary of State’s office.
2018 Pickens County Election Results
Pickens County Commissioner Post 1
Jerry Barnes (R) – 877 votes at 47.59%
Bart Connelly (R) – 431 votes at 23.39%
Amberle Godfrey (R) – 535 votes at 29.03%
Board of Education Post 2
Joeta Youngblood – 3,192 votes at 100.0%
Board of Education Post 3
Tucker Green – 2,626 votes at 65.36%
Byron Long – 1,392 votes at 34.64%
Board of Education Post 5
Steven Smith – 3,224 votes at 100.0%
Jasper City Council
Kirk Raffield – 272 votes at 50.94%
Doug Patterson – 262 votes at 49.06
2018 Georgia Primary Election Results
Casey Cagle (R) – 1,760 votes at 41.17%
Hunter Hill (R) – 569 votes at 13.31%
Brian Kemp (R) – 1,244 votes at 29.10%
Clay Tippins (R) – 507 votes at 11.86%
Michael Williams (R) – 195 votes at 4.56%
Stacey Abrams (D) – 330 votes at 55.93%
Stacey Evans (D) – 260 votes at 44.07%
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CANDIDATES:
Geoff Duncan (R) – 738 votes at 18.98%
Rick Jeffares (R) – 1,484 votes at 38.17%
David Shafer (R) – 1,666 votes at 42.85%
Sarah Riggs Amico (D) – 392 votes at 73.0%
Triana Arnold James (D) – 145 votes at 27.0%
SECRETARY OF STATE CANDIDATES:
David Belle Isle (R) – 1,087 votes at 30.14%
Buzz Brockway (R) – 466 votes at 12.92%
Josh McKoon (R) – 618 votes at 17.13%
Brad Raffensperger (R) – 1,436 votes at 39.81%
John Barrow (D) – 321 votes at 59.12%
Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D) – 161 votes at 29.65%
R.J. Hadley (D) – 61 votes at 11.23%
INSURANCE COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES:
Jim Beck (R) – 2,153 votes at 58.92%
Jay Florence (R) – 769 votes at 21.05%
Tracy Jordan (R) – 732 votes at 20.03%
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES:
District 3 –
Chuck Eaton (R) – 3,201 votes at 100.0%
Lindy Miller (D) – 360 votes at 69.63%
John Noel (D) – 80 votes at 15.47%
Johnny White (D) – 77 votes at 14.89%
District 5 –
John Hitchins III (R) – 1,721 votes at 47.42%
Tricia Pridemore (R) – 1,908 votes at 52.58%
Dawn Randolph (D) – 355 votes at 69.74%
Doug Stoner (D) – 154 votes at 30.26%
ELLIJAY, Ga. – Continuing his campaign for Governor, Hunter Hill made a stop in Ellijay on May 2 to speak with local citizens about his plans for the office if elected.
Hill spoke to local citizens over breakfast at Mike’s Ellijay Restaurant on Highway 282.
Hill is a former Army Ranger who has been in the State Senate for five years now. After resigning his seat in August to run for Governor, Hill has been focusing on his vision for Georgia and spreading that message to rally voters. Today, he spoke with citizens in Ellijay about the ideals for “less government, less taxes, and more freedom.”
With “career politicians,” as Hill noted, in office, it is an undermining of our values as a nation. He called out those politicians saying they were not even willing to risk their next election to uphold their oath.
Focusing more specifically on the recent issue of sanctuary cities. Adamantly against the topic, Hill said, “If a city or county in this state were to claim itself a sanctuary city, they would not receive a nickel of state funding.”
His second point on his vision for the office reiterated his opinions and intention to eliminate the state income tax. With bordering states already without an income tax, the competitive disadvantage is hurting our state, according to Hill. He went on to say replacing the income tax with a consumption tax setup would alleviate the tax burden from honest Georgians and redistribute that to everyone including visitors to the state and even those making money in illegal ways. Hill stated, “A broad-based consumption tax allows us to have more people that we’re bringing money in from, which allows us to do so at lower rates.”
On a personal note, Hill mentioned his faith pushed him to focus not only on the points of pro-life, pro-second amendment, and also religious liberty. FYN asked Hill if he would be seeking a “Faith Restoration Act” in his first year to which he replied, “Very good chance of that, yeah.”
Hill did confirm that he wanted to pursue faith-based adoption as a part of it saying, “We’ve got to protect our faith-based adoption agencies. We’ve just got to do it. A lot of the reasons that faith-based adoption agencies get involved is to be helpful in congruence with their faith. If you don’t protect their ability to do it in congruence with their faith, then they will just stop doing it altogether.”
Protecting people of faith and their ability to live and work based on that faith was a focus of Hill’s speech about the governor’s office, but also on his words about his future view of the state. He noted after winning on key policy issues aligned with our values and principals, he wanted to remind senators and house members of the values and principals that they were elected for, providing a singular vision to move forward under.
“Fighting for the people of Georgia” is what he says his focus is as Hill says he sees polls with him ahead of Kemp and closing in on Cagle. Separating himself, Hill says he’s not the career politician like Cagle and is very different than Kemp on issues like the income tax and limited government. But when comparing, Hill said he wanted to focus on his campaign and his vision to protect liberties and endorsements like the Georgia Right to Life to be a different candidate.
While most of those present were already Hill supporters like retired Gilmer county citizen, George Winn, who said he’s been a Hill supporter “all the way.” Based upon his stances as a military, Christian conservative who is a believable and trustworthy conservative.
Others like Ken Bailey find themselves supporting Hill as the best candidate. Following the campaign because “Hunter is not a politician. He is a fresh, young face and not a part of the established system, which needs to be broken up I think. I think he’s got good ideas. We don’t need to have a state income tax, that puts a handicap on us.” Bailey went on to say that he liked some of the other candidates and even knew some personally, but felt Hill was the best choice.
He also commented his appreciation of the choice in the election. With fine candidates available, Bailey said its great to not have to pick the best of a bad selection.
Hill continues his bus tour across Georgia with his final stop at the Cobb GOP Headquarters in Marietta on Saturday afternoon, May 2.
Jasper, GA – Registration has begun for the Georgia Marble Festival 5K/Mile.
The Road Race is sponsored by the Jasper United Methodist Women. Proceeds will fund the ministries of the Dorcas Circle. The 5K will begin Saturday, October 7, at 8:00 A.M. with the one mile beginning at 9:00 A.M.
Awards in the 5K will go to overall male and female, overall male and female masters, and grandmasters. Awards will also be given to the top three finishers in the following age groups, 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80 and over.
Awards in the One Mile will go to the top three finishers in the following age groups, 5 and under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14.
It is requested that those participating do not park at the Jasper United Methodist Church, there will be posted signs for parking.
Following the race, the Georgia Marble Festival will open at 10:00 A.M.
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