2018-11-08 / Front Page

Mack wins here; Kemp carries county

In the only contested local race in Tuesday’s General Election, John Mack commanded 58 percent of the vote to win the District 4 seat on the Wilkes County Board of Education. With 636 of the votes cast, Mack bested Myra Blackmon who received 464 votes.

Mack will fill the seat on the Board of Education currently held by Steve Albertson who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Ashley Barnett.

Voter turnout for the mid-term election was very high with 69.1 percent of the 6,346 registered voters participating.

In another close-to-home race, incumbent District 120 State Representative Trey Rhodes eclipsed challenger Charles Hogg in Wilkes County with 55 percent of the local vote.

Wilkes County chose Brian Kemp for governor with 2,578 votes as Stacey

Abrams claimed 1,767 votes. In Wilkes County, Kemp’s 59 percent was well ahead of the state average.

In local races which were all uncontested, officials returning to office include County Commission Chairman Sam Moore, County Commissioners Charles Jackson and Clem Slaton, District 33 State Representative Tom McCall, and District 24 State Senator Lee Anderson.

Statewide winners in selected races included Geoff Duncan as Lieutenant Governor, Brad Raffensperger as Secretary of State, Chris Carr as Attorney General, and most incumbents.

Also in Wilkes County, all proposed Constitutional Amendments passed and both Referendums received affirmation.

In the Congressional race for District 10, incumbent Jody Hice easily won with over 65 percent of the vote.

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