Chattooga County voters will be heading to the polls once again on August 11th for a runoff in two local races.
Blake Elsberry received the most votes in the Republican race for Chattooga County Commissioner. Incumbent Jason Winters came in second and Jeff Coley came in a very close third. Elsberry took 1595 votes to Winters 1593 and Coley’s 1466. Elsberry and Winters will be in a runoff on August 11th. In the Democratic race for Commissioner, Jimmy Holbrook was unopposed and received 764 votes. In all 70% of the voters who cast ballots on Tuesday voted for someone other than the current incumbent.
In the GOP Probate Judge race, Gary Woods received the most votes, but failed to get 51%. Woods received 2215 votes. Teresa Pope came in second with 1,452 votes and Derrick Ekroat got 888 votes. Woods and Pope will be in the runoff on August 11th. The winner will go on to face Independent Hollie Strawn-Gilliland.
In the District Five Chattooga County Board of Education race, B.J. Montgomery defeated Chad Dodd 2,177 – 1,794. Montgomery will face no Democratic opposition in November.
Chattooga County voters overwhelmingly voted to pass the ESPLOST with 3,966 voting “Yes” and 1,493 voting “No.”
Voters who voted in the June 9th Republican Primary will be able to vote in the runoff for the local races on August 11th.