Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Voters Pick Incumbents in Oconee County Republican Primary For County Commission Posts, Current Captain To Be Sheriff

***Hunsinger Elected As Probate Court Judge***

Voters in the Oconee County Republican Primary on Tuesday selected three incumbents in Board of Commissioners races, a newcomer to the county in the Board of Education race, and a current Captain in the Sheriff’s Office to be the new Sheriff.

Voters in the nonpartisan election for Probate Court Judge chose Mike Hunsinger to succeed retiring Judge David Anglin.

Hunsinger and incumbent Board of Commissioners Chair John Daniell won majorities in their races against two other candidates, avoiding an August runoff.

Daniell received 68.2 percent of the vote against Caroll Bennett (10.3 percent) and Johnny Pritchett (21.5 percent)

Hunsinger got 58.1 percent of the vote to 16.0 for George Roberts and 25.9 for Jimmy Williams.

Post 4 Commissioner Mark Saxon handily defeated John Laster, and Post 5 Commissioner Mark Saxon easily won in his contest with Maria Caudill.

James Hale, who has served most of his career in the Oconee County’s Sheriff’s Office, received 75.0 percent of the vote in the race to replace retiring Sheriff Scott Berry. Jimmy Williamson received the remaining quarter of the vote.

Hale will have no opposition in November.

Michael Ransom, a forester who has lived in Oconee County for only three years, received 60.3 percent of the vote in a race for an open seat on the Board of Education. Adam Spence received 39.7 percent

Just more than 45 percent of Oconee County’s 30,457 registered voters cast a ballot in the June 9 elections.

State Races

In the Democratic Party Primary to select a candidate to run against incumbent Republican U.S. Senator David Perdue in November, Oconee County Democrats favored Jon Ossoff, giving him 53.3 percent of the vote.

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Statewide, with only about a third of the vote counted, Ossoff was getting less than 50 percent of the vote, making an August runoff likely.

In the presidential primary, merged with the party primaries because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oconee County Democrats voted overwhelmingly for Joseph Biden, giving him 78.4 percent of the vote.

President Donald Trump had no opposition in the Republican Presidential Primary.

Democrats had candidates on the primary ballot for two Board of Education Posts and for the Board of Commissioners Chair position, but those three candidates had no opposition in the primary.

Saxon and Thomas have no opposition in November.

Of the ballots cast in the local part of the June 9 election, originally scheduled for May 19, 70.7 percent were in the Republican Primary, 27.3 percent were in the Democratic Primary, and the remaining 2.0 percent were cast only with the nonpartisan judicial ballot.

In the Presidential Primary, originally scheduled for March 24, 74.3 percent of the Oconee County ballots were in the Republican Primary, with 25.7 percent in the Democratic Primary.

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