According to unofficial results released by the Georgia Secretary of State's (SOS) office Tuesday, Democrat Marcello Banes claimed the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) Chairman position with 50.24 percent of the vote making him the first African American to hold the position in Newton County.
November 08, 2016|
Three Republicans were the only candidates who entered the race for the District 5 Commissioner seat on the Newton County Board of Commissioners (BOC). After the May 24 primaries, when none of the candidates received 50 percent of the vote, a run-off election, was scheduled for last Tuesday.
The Democratic candidate for County Chair for the Board of Commissioners will be Marcello Banes, who received 51.40 percent of the vote. The total number of votes cast was 2778, with 1,428 for Banes and 1,350 for Phil Johnson.
Newton County Chair candidates took to the horseshoe table at the Newton County Historic Courthouse Thursday, explaining their views on the special purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST), the county's solid waste, its legal services and its future planning during a forum sponsored by SmartGrowth Newton County, Newton Trails, The Covington News and the Newton Citizen.
Candidates from all open Newton County offices in the 2016 election season sat in the horseshoe of the Historic Courthouse Sunday and faced a packed house and something that was a bit new - students from around Newton County.
The Newton County Board of Elections declared Michael Syphoe eligible to run for Newton County chair in the 2016 election. The decision was made during Tuesday's meeting held at the county's Administration Building.
The six members of the Newton County Board of Commissioners make decisions that pave the way for almost everything that a resident of the county encounters or experiences while at, or near, their home.