McMichael easily wins re-election in Houston

Tom McMichael
Tom McMichael

Longtime Houston County Commissioner Tom McMichael easily won re-election Tuesday.

McMichael, a Republican, was the only incumbent in the county facing Democratic opposition in the general election.

With all precincts counted, McMichael defeated political newcomer Gordon Hicks 35,677 votes to 18,827.

“I’m extremely pleased with the result, needless to say,” he said. “I was glad that I won by such a substantial margin.”

McMichael, 80, is a retired banker who has served on the commission for 20 years. He said he has missed only one meeting in that time and that was when he was president of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia and had to attend the group’s annual conference.

McMichael said the board has worked well together and he is glad the same group will be back.

McMichael promised to keep the property tax rate as is, even if it means continuing the county’s trend over the past several years of not creating any new employee positions. He also said he wanted to continue to improve infrastructure in the county.

“One thing I’m extremely proud of is that we don’t have any debt,” he said.

Hicks, owner of All American Heating and Air in Warner Robins, said his biggest reason for running was to try to get the county to do more business with small and minority businesses. He also said he wanted to expand the public transportation system in Warner Robins to serve other areas of the county.

Meanwhile, in Peach County, Wade Yoder, a Republican, defeated Kattie Vinson Kendrick, a Democrat, 5,822 to 4,697 to win the vacant county commission Post 5 at-large seat.

In the race for the Post 3 Peach County Commission seat, incumbent Democrat Betty Hill easily defeated Republican Billy Crump 1,505 to 600.