Tuesday night’s Fayette County Primary Election was one for the books as Sheriff Barry Babb won big over challenger Chris Stevers 88 percent to 12, and first-term incumbent County Commission Chairman Charles Oddo won a five-man District 5 race outright with about 51 percent of the 12,224 votes cast in that county-wide race.
One of the tightest races of the night was the District 2 County Commission contest between incumbent Randy Ognio and former commissioner Lee Hearn. Ognio squeaked by with 28 extra votes out of the 3,886 cast in that race, beating Hearn 50.4 to 49.6 percent.
Incumbent District 1 Commissioner David Barlow lost his seat to former commissioner Eric Maxwell, who took 55 percent of the 3,066 votes cast in that race.
Babb, Oddo, and Ognio will not face challengers in the fall. Maxwell will face Pam Reid in November.
In the District 3 Board of Education race, incumbent Board of Education Chairwoman Marian Key lost her seat to Scott Hollowell 51 to 49. It came down to a 75-vote difference in that race that saw 3,309 ballots cast. Hollowell will face Angela Stowman in November.
Brian Anderson won convincingly over Susan Stopford 59 to 41 in the District 5 Board of Education race. A total of 11,228 votes were cast in that county-wide race. Anderson will face Ching Ching Yap in the fall.
Long-time Assistant Coroner Bee Huddleston had no trouble winning the coroner’s race over Robbie Waits 80 to 20. Huddleston garnered 9,185 of the 11,538 votes cast.
It was not known at press time who won the Griffin Judicial Circuit races for district attorney or the two contested superior court judge seats, but in Fayette County Superior Court Judge Mack Crawford took a solid 55 to 45 lead over Catherine Sanderson, Scott Ballard, who is the sitting district attorney, bested Superior Court Judge Tommy Hankinson 66 to 34, and Rudjard Hayes took the top spot in the district attorney’s race with 40 percent of the vote to Cindy Manning’s 35 percent and Ben Coker’s 25 percent. In each of these races, votes must be combined with the other counties in the Griffin Judicial Circuit, which includes Spalding, Upson, and Pike. Those results will be available on our website, www.Fayette-News.com, when they are finalized.
As well, complete outcomes from state legislative races and U.S. Senate and House of Representative races were unclear as of press time and will be updated on the website as soon as possible.
[Editor’s note: Our vote totals are based on the final early voting numbers added to the Primary Election numbers, which we received from the Fayette County Elections office and calculated here in the Fayette Newspapers office instead of waiting for the state’s computer system to be updated. These are not officially certified numbers.]