Challenger Steve Scholar has won Tuesday night’s runoff between him and Post 4 incumbent Les Fussell, according to Richmond Hill City Clerk Dawnne Greene. Scholar, a former Richmond Hill-Bryan County News publisher and editor, won by a 312-242 margin, according to unofficial results.
“I’m obviously pleased with the runoff outcome,” Scholar said Wednesday morning in an email. “ Les Fussell was an honorable candidate and is an honorable man. I couldn’t have done any of this without the support of my family and friends. The work starts now and I’m looking forward to it.”
Fussell, who was appointed to council in March to fill a seat left vacant when former councilwoman Jan Bass moved, thanked supporters on his Facebook page, congratulated Scholar and said he’d stay involved.
“I would like to take a moment and say THANK YOU to thank my wife, Janice, to all of my family, friend, neighbors and supporters who have contributed so much time and energy to my campaign over the past months. I could not have done it without each of you,” Fussell wrote. “Although the voter turnout for the runoff was disappointing, those who braved the cool weather to vote are much appreciated. Congratulations to Steve Scholar on his being elected to Richmond Hill City Council seat #4. I’m confident he will serve our city well.”
“I expect I will remain active and involved in our city, however today I’m not sure what that will look like,” Fussell continued. “I firmly believe God has another plan for my life and my abilities. We’ll try to be patient while He changes my direction and refocuses my energies. Thank you! Thank you!”
The results still have to be certified by the state.