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Garnett Johnson wins runoff election as Augusta mayor

Published: Jun. 21, 2022 at 9:17 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - After surviving a primary with nine candidates and a runoff, voters have decided who they want to serve as Augusta’s next mayor.

Garnett Johnson takes the win.

Johnson defeated his opponent Steven Kendrick on Tuesday.

“It feels great. It’s an overwhelming sense of love and support that the voters chose me to become the 85th mayor of the city of Augusta,” he said.

He will be sworn in January 2023, when Mayor Hardie Davis Jr.’s term is complete.

Davis was in attendance at Johnson’s headquarters after the win.

“He came out here to congratulate me. He extended an offer for me to come by the office because believe it or not, I’ve never been in the mayor’s office,” said Johnson.

Kendrick says while Tuesday’s loss was difficult, he is disappointed but not deterred.

“A little disappointed. We put so much work into trying to get our message out. But at the same time, encourage the city. I think in the long run, the city is going to do great. I’m going to do my part in whatever way I can to help,” said Kendrick.

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