Runoffs set for Augusta mayor, commission seats

Published: May. 24, 2022 at 7:49 PM EDT|Updated: May. 24, 2022 at 11:20 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - With nine candidates running for Augusta mayor, none of them gained the 50 percent needed to win the post outright.

So the top two vote-getters – Garnett Johnson and Steven Kendrick – will go into a runoff.

With all precincts reporting, Kendrick got 14,058 votes, compared to Johnson’s 13,848 votes. Of the other candidates, Daniel Bradshaw got 987 votes, Charlie Hannah got 706, A.K. Hasan got 854, Robert Ingham got 344, Lucas Johnson got 453, Lori Myles got 1,262 and Marion Williams got 3,178.

Because advance voting had a record-breaking turnout, election officials had low expectations for Tuesday. But in-person Election Day turnout was pretty good, giving candidates a chance to see plenty of faces as they toured polling sites.

Kendrick made his way across Richmond County on Tuesday to several polling locations.

Kendrick is Augusta’s former tax commissioner, a role he served in for 13 years. He left that office a few months ago to pursue the mayor’s office.

Kendrick says what separates him from other candidates is his experience. He believes his years working in Augusta government make him ready for the job.

He said he knows the needs of the city, the issues and what citizens want. He says that’s what’s going to help him hit the ground running his first day in office.

Johnson visited at least 21 polling sites Tuesday.

He says a lot of the voters he’s talked to are excited for change and a new perspective.

Johnson is the owner of Augusta Office Solutions, a company he founded and grew locally.

“As mayor, I will work to make it easier for businesses to grow here in Augusta and provide good-paying jobs,” he told News 12 earlier. “My campaign is focused on a conversation no other candidate is having: ‘Who’s on the side of the taxpayer?’”

He said too many neighborhoods in Augusta have been left behind.

“As mayor, I will prioritize bringing infrastructure in all parts of the city, with a focus for underserved and underrepresented parts of Augusta,” he said.

He said he has a track record that focuses on doing instead of talking.

“Augusta’s next mayor needs to be accountable to the taxpayer,” he said. “I will do just that.”

Augusta Commission

Also up for grabs in Tuesday’s election were Augusta Commission seats in Districts 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. Runoffs are likely in several of those races.

With all precincts reporting, here are the results as of late Tuesday:

  • District 2: Leroy ”Ray Montana” Crew, 191; Charles Cummings, 333; Cleveland Garrison, 321; Ralph Gunter Sr., 375; Von Pouncey, 438 (runoff); and Stacy Pulliam, 1,404 (runoff).
  • District 4: Alvin Mason, 2,541 (winner); Betty Reece, 1,940.
  • District 6: Jeremy Johnson, 1,385; Tony Lewis, 1,951 (winner); Mario Taylor Sr., 461.
  • District 8: Brandon Garrett 4,329 (winner).
  • District 10: John Clark, 9,070 (runoff); Wayne Guilfoyle, 5,865 (runoff); Robert Cooks, 3,526

Other local races

  • Newcomer Alison Couch won the Columbia County Commission District 4 seat over incumbent Dewey Galeas in a 2,161-1,928 vote.
  • Kristi Baker won the Columbia County Board of Education District 2 seat with 4,485 votes.
  • Judy Teasley won the Columbia County Board of Education District 2 seat with 4,271 votes.
  • Ashley Wright won her Augusta District Superior Court judge race with 24,830 votes.
  • Jesse Stone won his Augusta District Superior Court judge race with 17,092 votes.

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