Modena, Allen, Sipe win Bibb races

Sheriff Jerry Modena secured another term as Bibb County sheriff, while challenger Sam Hart defeated Commission Chairman Charlie Bishop on Tuesday.

With 42 of 43 precincts reporting, Modena had 44,313 votes to Republican challenger Scotty Shepherd's 19,374 votes in the race for sheriff.

Celebrations started at Modena's headquarters at about 9:30 p.m. as Modena thanked his supporters and expressed confidence that he had won the Bibb County sheriff’s race.

“I think (voters) are satisfied with my performance and they are satisfied with what I’m doing down at the sheriff’s office,” he said.

At 9:30 p.m., Modena had about a 9,000 vote lead on challenger Scotty Shepherd.

Modena is a two-term incumbent and is expected to win a third term in office.

“I’m excited the people believe in me, and they’ve trusted me with four more years,” he said.

In the race for commission chair, with 42 of 43 precincts reporting, Democrat Hart had 37,973 votes to Republican Bishop's 25,254 votes.

In the Bibb County Commission District 4 race, incumbent Democrat Joe Allen defeated Republican Maurice Atkinson, 11,321 votes to 4,544 votes.

In the race for Bibb County District 3 school board seat, Democrat Susan K. Sipe defeated Republican Jimmy Swift 6,241 to 3,586 votes.

In the race for Bibb County Commission chairman, Democrat incumbent Frank Amerson garnered 42,126 votes, while Republican challenger Daniel V. Baumgardner had 19,239 votes.

State Rep. Allen Freeman, R-Macon, is locked in a tight battle with Democrat James "Bubber" Epps as he tries to hold on to his District 140 House seat.

Approaching 11:30 p.m., with a large number of advance votes still to be counted, Epps led Freeman by less than 1 percent, 7,945 votes to 7,914 votes.