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Tuesday, 06 November 2012

November 6--  Voters turned out in large numbers in Tuesday's general election in Toombs, Montgomery and Treutlen counties.

In Toombs County, voters elected a former employee in the tax commissioner's office to be the new county Tax Commissioner.  Brenda O'Neal Williams defeated incumbet Julie Hart Newsome by 605 votes.

"I'd like to say a big thank you to all the voters and supporters and I appreciate all the help they gave me.  I'm there for the taxpayers and the citizens of Toombs County," Williams said.

In Montgomery County, Ladson O'Connor beat Mount Vernon Police Chief Calvin Burns with nearly 52 percent of the vote.  He will succeed retiring Montgomery County Sheriff Clarence Sanders in January.

The incumbent Montgomery Tax Commissioner Loretta Lane won convincingly over challenger Toby O'Neal by more than a thousand votes.

In the District Three Montgomery County Commission race, Post One went to Frank Brantley over Dorothy Days by 188 votes.  The Post Two seat goes to incumbent Clarence Thomas who won a tight race with challenger Tommy Byrd by 41 votes.

In Treutlen County, voters approved a one percent special purpose local option sales tax which is expected to raise $3.5 million over six years for capital improvement projects for the county and the City of Soperton.

Treutlen voters also cast their votes with others in Laurens and Johnson counties to re-elect State Representative Matt Hatchett to the 150th District House Seat.  Hatchett got 67 percent of the vote over challenger Sheikh Rahman.

Voters in Toombs and Montgomery counties gave the nod to State Representative Lee Anderson over incumbent John Barrow for the 12th Congressional District while Treutlen voters went for Barrow by 311 votes. Anderson's margin of victory in Toombs County was 1,289 votes and 647 votes in Montgomery County.  Barrow won re-election to his fifth term in office primarily due to a margin of victory in Richmond County of nearly 24,000 votes.

The much discussed Amendent One to the Georgia Constitution won statewide by some 500,000 votes to allow creation of state charter schools.  Voters in Toombs, Treutlen and Montgomery Counties voted against the amendment.

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