Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard, who decided this year to run for superior court judge instead of seeking reelection as D.A., has defeated incumbent Superior Court Judge Tommy Hankinson, garnering about 55 percent of the 31,698 combined ballots cast in Fayette, Spalding, Upson and Pike counties.
A bit more than half of those ballots were cast in Fayette, where Ballard collected 66 percent of his home county vote. Hankinson pulled about the same percentage in his home county, Upson, but about four times as many ballots in total were cast in Fayette over Upson. Hankinson was slightly stronger in Pike County, receiving just under 51 percent of the vote, and he also carried Spalding County with just under 53 percent of the vote there.
Superior Court Judge Mack Crawford, on the other hand, won reelection to his bench by an overall score of about 65 percent to Catherine Sanderson’s 35. Crawford not only won overall, but he also won each county: 55 percent in Fayette; 67 percent in Spalding; 80 percent in Upson; and a respectable 84 percent in Pike.
Assistant District Attorney Ben Coker is leading the race to fill his boss’ shoes, and it looks like he will face Rdjard Hayes in a primary.