A new Bryan County commissioner will likely be chosen Tuesday evening, four weeks after the general election for the District 4 seat went to a runoff vote.
Voters will again go to the polls and cast their ballot for either Butch Broome, the Republican candidate, or Carter Infinger, the Independent candidate. Neither one received 50 percent plus one vote needed to win on Nov. 2.
Voting will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the same polling stations as the Nov. 2 election. All of the stations in the county will be open since registered Bryan County voters can also cast their ballot for two statewide races: a Georgia Supreme Court justice and a Court of Appeals judge.
Those races are between incumbent David Nahmias and Tammy Lynn Adkins on the Supreme Court, and Antoinette “Toni” Davis and Chris McFadden on the Appeals Court.
Early voting for Tuesday’s election was open for a week and ended on Wednesday. According to the county voter registration office, 310 people participated in early voting, 303 of them voting in South Bryan, as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Both Broome and Infinger said they are ready for voters to finally choose a commissioner to replace Toby Roberts, who is stepping down from his 20-year tenure as a Bryan County commissioner.
“I’m very much looking forward to Tuesday,” Infinger said.
Broome said he wants to pack away campaign materials he has been carrying round since this spring, when he started his campaign for the primary election.
“I’ll be glad to clean my truck out,” he said.
Both Infinger and Broome said it’s important that people carve out some time on Tuesday to cast their ballot.
“The big thing is getting people out to vote,” Broome said.
On Nov. 2, Broome received 1,013 votes, or 48.1 percent, and Infinger received 939 votes, or 44.6 percent.
Lynda Morse of Richmond Hill waged an aggressive write-in campaign for District 4 county seat. She received 145 write-in votes, or 7.3 percent.
This is the first time that both Broome, 51, and Carter, 47, have run for a political office.
Broome, who has owned several small businesses and currently owns Fish Tales restaurant in South Bryan, previously said, if he is elected, he will work to bring the county’s infrastructure up to speed to support the growing population and attract more industries to ease the property tax burden off of homeowners.
Infiner, a pharmaceutical sales representative, also previously said, if elected, he would work to ensure controlled growth and sturdy infrastructure to support it, fiscal responsibility, and would also work to attract more industry to Bryan County.
Out of the 17,596 registered voters in Bryan County, 8,084 people, or 46 percent, casted their ballot in the general election earlier this month.