Voter turnout was light for the primary election Tuesday, but the majority of those who cast ballots wanted alcohol sales on Sunday and decided the Republican nominations for seats on county board of commissioners and on one the county school board.
According to the county’s unofficial results, in the races for County Board of Commissioners, Wade Price won over Ted Akins 269-203 for District 2; Butch Broome won over Chris Morse 439 to 335 for District 4; and Jimmy Henderson won over incumbent Rick Gardner 151-123 for District 5.
In the only contested race for the County Board of Education, Paine Bacon won over Mindy Boyette 378-176.
And the Sunday sale of alcohol in unincorporated areas of Bryan County were decided nearly 2 to 1, with 2,131 voting "yes" and 1,270 voting "no."
That means establishments that derive at least 50 percent of their annual gross sales from the sale of prepared food or room rentals for overnight lodging. County commissioners voted in May to have the alcohol sales referendum added to the July 20 ballot.
The results do not include the 43 absentee ballots cast for Bryan County, which Davis said would not be enough to swing any of the votes. All results are considered unofficial until tallies are vetted at noon Friday by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.
Read more in the July 21 Bryan County News