Newcomer Pitts wins Jones County Commission race

Democrat Jonathan Pitts will hold his first political office after winning the District 2 Jones County Commission seat.

Pitts, 36, garnered 654 votes with 175 votes going to his competitor, David Gault, a former county commissioner, according to the Jones County Elections Office. There was no Republican candidate for the District 2 seat.

“I feel great,” Pitts said. “I think people wanted something fresh, they wanted something new, something different,” he said from his parents’ house where he was eating a late celebratory dinner Tuesday night.

Pitts is the director of business health services for Macon Occupational Medicine. He’s a past chairman of the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce, serves as chairman of the America Red Cross of Central Georgia and is on the board of the Central Georgia Joint Development Authority.

Gault, 69, held the District 2 commission seat from 2001-10 and served as vice chairman of the commission eight of those years. He stepped down in 2010 to run unsuccessfully for the state House District 125 seat.

Pitts will replace incumbent Chap Nelson, who did not run for health reasons.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.