A former Crawford County commission chairman who was booted from office wont be reclaiming a seat on the board.
District 2 incumbent Bobby Blasingame soundly defeated Harold Doug Spillers 213 to 89 in the Democratic primary Tuesday. Blasingame will face Republican Chuck Evans in November.
Spillers was trying to win back the seat he lost in 2005 following a conviction on a charge that he lied on his original qualifying form. A judge later overturned the conviction.
Blasingame, a poultry farmer, was elected to office in 2008 and has cited improving roads as his top priority.
Im just glad people had enough trust in me to give me another opportunity to serve, Blasingame said Tuesday night. Im going to get out tomorrow and thank the people who voted for me and start working hard toward November.
County Commission District 4
In the District 4 commission race, Republicans John Thomas and Fred Walker faced off in the primary for the right to oppose incumbent Democrat Gene Hamlin in November. Thomas edged Walker 153-133.
It was a little closer than I thought it would be, but thats fine, Thomas said. Now Ive just got to get ready for the big one in November.
Thomas is an industrial electrician who operates PT&E Enterprises. Walker is a field salesman for Riverside Ford and served on the commission from 2005 to 2008, before being beaten by Hamlin.
School board races
In the nonpartisan school board District 2 race, challenger Brad Cody unseated incumbent Eddie Harris by nearly a 2-1 margin, winning 310 votes to 164 for Harris.
Incumbent District 3 school board member Tim Johnson came out on top against two challengers but will be in a run-off with Richard Jacobs. Johnson had 158 votes, which is 47 percent, to 105 votes for Jacobs and 72 for Sherry Thompson.
The runoff is scheduled for Aug. 21.
Of course I was hoping to win outright, but you never know, Johnson said.
Voter turnout in Crawford County was about 29 percent, according to the Georgia Secretary of States website.