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Mathis to face Smith in runoff
by Mary Cosgrove
mcosgrove@neighbornewspapers.com
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Staff / Joe Livingston <br>
Election offical Janet Moore hands a voter card to a resident preparing to vote.
Staff / Joe Livingston
Election offical Janet Moore hands a voter card to a resident preparing to vote.
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Henry County Commission Chairman Elizabeth "B.J." Mathis will face Tommy Smith in a runoff election after neither garnered majority vote in tonight’s primary election.

The Republican candidates only saw a difference of 683 votes between them. Earning 45.03 percent of the votes, the former mayor of Hampton trumped Mathis' 41.71 percent. Smith earned 9,252 votes to Mathis' 8,569. However, since neither earned 50 percent plus one vote majority, they will seek to move forward after facing each other once more in a runoff on Aug. 21.

Jane Rutledge, the third Republican candidate, only garnered 13.26 percent of the vote for 2,725 votes.

The winner of the runoff will face Democratic candidate Carlotta Harrell in November.

The District 1 seat of the commission is up for re-election, with incumbent Warren Holder and Bo Moss vying for the Republican ticket. Holder was edged out by Moss by a scant 15 votes, with Moss holding 50.2 percent of the votes to Holder's 49.8.

Moss will move forward to face Democratic candidate James Mays.

Incumbent Brian Preston will move forward in the race, having secured the Republican vote by 64.27 percent over challenger Vincent Lotti. He will Democratic candidate J. Anderson-Woods.

The race to fill the commission District 3 seat, which has no incumbent, will have a runoff amongst the Republi-cans. Out of the three candidates, not one earned the 50 percent plus one of the vote to move forward in November. Gary Barham, who received 46.81 percent of the vote, will face Bill Toney, who earned 43.10 percent of the vote.

Ken Sherman received 10.09 percent.

The winner of the run off will face Democratic candidate Sandra Vincent.

The Henry County Board of Education races were decided tonight, as the elections were nonpartisan.

District 1 was won by incumbent Pam Nutt, who secured 53.94 percent of the vote to challenger John H. Dew-berry Jr.'s 45.61 percent.

The vacant District 2 seat was won by John Hinton, with a landslide 52.91 percent of the vote. R.D. Ponder re-ceived 15.8 percent, Larry Stanley 17.49 and Taqua Thrasher 13.44.

District 3 incumbent Charles Vickery was beat by Michael Griffin, who earned 51.16 percent of the vote. Vickery only secured 35 percent and Nichelle Wiggins trailed in with 13.71 percent.

The TSPLOST was voted overwhelming down by Henry County voters, with 71.31 voting no and a mere 28.69 voting no.

Those voting no totaled 23,371 of the vote compared to the 9,405 voting in favor of the measure.

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