There was a low turnout for the General Municipal Election this year, with only 7.89 percent of the 27,340 registered voters casting ballots.
In what was being called an “important” election for the City of Calhoun, George Crowley unseated incumbent Matt Barton for Calhoun City Council Post 3. Crowley won with 55 percent of the vote.
“Thanks to all who turned out to vote,” said Crowley Tuesday night in a message to the Calhoun Times. “This was an important election for the City of Calhoun. I look forward to working with Mayor Palmer and the Council as we plan for the future.”
“Well it’s been a fun ride serving the City of Calhoun,” said Barton via social media after the results were declared final. “Didn’t get results we hoped and worked for, but God’s just opening something else up. Thanks to all the supporters that voted and stood by me.”
Barton has faced criticism in the community the past year for being part of a 3-1 vote in November 2016 to remove Larry Vickery from his position as Director of Calhoun Utilities.
For Calhoun City Council Post 4, former City Council member Ray Denmon and former Gordon County Commissioner Alvin Long will face each other in a runoff election on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Long received 35.69 percent of the vote, Denmon took 32.45 percent of the vote with candidate Ed Moyer taking 31.86 percent.
Calhoun City School Board Post 1 went to Andy Baxter, who ran unopposed for the seat vacated by Long. City School Board Posts 2 and 3 were unopposed, with incumbents Rhoda Washington and David Scoggins remaining in office.
Two special non-binding votes were on the ballot for the City of Calhoun. The non-binding vote for term limits for the Mayor and City Council members passed with 61.18 percent of the vote. The non-binding vote to add two more members to the council, taking it from a four member council to a six member council, passed with just 50.44 percent of the vote.
Resaca Town Council Post 3 will also see a runoff on Dec. 5 between Michael Austin and Randy Barron. Austin took 48.98 percent of the vote with Barron taking 30.61 percent. Candidate Mitch Reed had 20.41 percent.
Incumbent Sandra Adams had no opposition for Resaca Town Council Post 4, securing her spot on the Council for another four years.
The county-wide SPLOST vote passed with more than 77 percent of the vote. Various projects on the SPLOST include, for Gordon County, renovating, constructing and equipping the Sugary Valley Fire Station; land acquisition, design/construction and equipping an Agriculture Facility; improvements to Parks and Recreation including renovations at Salacoa Park; developing greenways and trails; improving to Sonoraville recreation facility; acquiring land, designing, constructing and equipping Youth Sports field(s) on the west side of the County; constructing and equipping a new evidence building and morgue. SPLOST projects for the City of Calhoun include funding public safety projects consisting of: police body cameras, fire department vehicle extraction equipment; funding recreation projects consisting of a new gym with indoor walking loop, tennis court improvements, dog park, trail system expansion throughout Calhoun, playground equipment.
A runoff election for Calhoun City Post 4 and Resaca Town Council Post 3 will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 5, with early voting starting later in the month. For more information on the runoff, visit the Gordon County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office at http://gordoncounty.org/departments/board-of-elections.