By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer
The unofficial results of the May 20 Primary Elections are in, which have yielded a run-off election between District 112 State Representative Republican candidates Dave Belton and Aaron Brooks. Belton, the Morgan County candidate, earned 37.76 percent of the vote while Brooks, one of the Newton County candidates, earned 34.3 percent of the vote. The other Newton County candidate, Ester Fleming, received 28.03 percent of the vote.
“I feel very gratified, especially because of all the people who have done such hard work for my campaign,” said Belton. “We had the best showing in both counties. I greatly respect Aaron Brooks, I think he is a great candidate… I am going to keep things positive. This should be an election about ideas. I am excited about the next step.” Since neither candidate secured a majority vote, a runoff election will be scheduled for July 22.
Patsy Harris, the Morgan County Democratic candidate for the District 112 State Representative election, earned 100 percent of the vote, running unopposed. Brad Evans, a lawyer in Madison, won the Board of Education Post 5 election with 58.81 percent of the vote (277), beating out Kim Acres, who earned 41.19 percent of the vote (194 votes).
In the US Senate Republican Primary race, David Perdue earned 31.14 percent (63 votes) from Morgan County; followed by Paul Broun, who earned 27.25 percent (554 votes) ; followed by Karen Handel, who earned 19.48 percent (396 votes); followed by J.H. Kingston, who earned 16.04 percent (326 votes); followed by Phil Gingrey, who earned 4.92 percent (100 votes); followed by Arthur Gardner, who earned .79 percent (16 votes); followed by Derrick Grayson, who earned .39 percent (8 votes). In the US Senate Democratic Primary Race, Michelle Nunn earned 86.62 percent (395 votes) from Morgan County; followed by Steen Miles, who earned 5.26 percent (24 votes); followed by Todd Robinson, who earned 4.82 percent (22 votes), followed by Branko Radulovacki, who earned 3.29 percent (15 votes).
In the Republican Governor Primary Race, Nathan Deal earned 71.56 percent (1427 votes) from Morgan County; followed by David Pennington III, who earned 21.56 percent (430 votes); followed by John Barge, who earned 6.87 percent (137 votes). In the Democratic Governor Primary Race, Jason Carter received 100 percent of the Morgan County votes (435), running unopposed. In the US House 10 Republican Primary Race, Jody Hice earned 39.40 percent (756 votes) from Morgan County; followed by M.A. Collins, who earned 28.97 percent (556 votes), followed by Donna Sheldon, who earned 17.30 percent (332 votes); followed by Gary Gerrard, who earned 6.31 percent (121 votes); followed by Stephen Simpson, who earned 4.01 percent (77 votes); followed by Mitchell Swan, who earned 2.76 percent (53 votes); followed by Brian Slowinski, who earned 1.25 percent (24 votes).
In the US House 10 Democratic Primary Race, I.K. Dious received 100 percent (357 votes) from Morgan County, running unopposed. In the County Commissioner 1 Democratic Primary, Donald Harris received 100 percent (178 votes) from Morgan County, running unopposed. In the County Commissioner 2 Republican Primary, Andy Ainslie received 100 percent (309 votes), running unopposed.
In the Board of Education Post 4 Primary, Andrew Ainslie III received 100 percent (364 votes), running unopposed. Out of the 12, 206 registered voters in Morgan County, only 2533 votes were cast, which amounts to a 20.75 percent turn out rate. “The turn out was pretty dismal,” said George Holt, chairman of the Board of Elections and Registration. “My hope is that more people will start paying attention,” said Belton.