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McCoy seeks recount in District 4 Commission race
by Bill Baldowski
May 21, 2014 01:35 PM | 2517 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Douglas County Republican primary election isn’t quite over in the race for the Douglas County Commission District 4 seat.

The results of last night’s election showed challenger J.R. McCoy tallying 1,340 votes, or 49.5 percent, to the incumbent Ann Jones Guider’s total of 1,363 votes, or 50.4 percent, a difference of 23 votes.

McCoy announced today that he will request a recount after Douglas County’s votes are certified by the secretary of state’s office, which is scheduled to be done Friday, he said.

“It was a very close, tight race and our campaign just wants to make sure of the vote totals,” McCoy said.

When reached last night, Guider said that with her and McCoy’s votes being so close, she wasn’t surprised a recount has been requested.

The winner of the primary will gain the commission seat as there is no Democratic challenger.

In other primary races, District 30 state Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, regained his seat as he defeated Bill Hembree, taking 6,343 votes, or 54.6 percent, to Hembree’s 5,264 votes, or 54.6 percent.

This marks the second time that Dugan has defeated Henbree for the senate District 30 post.

Dugan will face Democrat James Nixon in November.

On the Douglas County Board of Education, District 4 incumbent and senior member of the school board, Sam Haskell, turned aside a strong upset bid of Lauren McCoy in last night’s Republican primary.

Haskell captured 733 votes, or 53.9 percent to McCoy’s 627 votes or 46.1 percent.

Haskell will meet Democrat Michelle Simmons in November after she easily defeated two opponents in the Democratic primary.

In the non-partisan state court race, incumbent W.O. “Neal” Dettmering defeated Sonya R. Compton, taking 6,112 votes, or 56.8 percent, to Compton’s 4,638 or 43.1 percent.

In one of the county’s most lopsided primary races, incumbent District 13 Congressman David Scott, D-Ga., easily won reelection, defeating challenger Michael Owens.

Scott captured 3,422 votes or 81.5 percent, to Owens’ 800 votes, or 18.9 percent.

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