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Posted: July 22, 2014 9:59 p.m.

Henderson retains BOC seat

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J.C. Henderson and Sonya Hunte at the Newton County Board of Elections Tuesday night.

Low turnout marred Tuesday’s local runoff elections, but the end result was Board of Commissioners Democratic incumbent J.C Henderson will continue to serve, and David Belton will be the Republican candidate for Georgia District 112.

“This has been a very light turnout, but early voting (was) reasonably good,” said Hugh Steele, chairman of the Newton County Board of Elections. Absentee ballots were through the roof at 411.

Henderson, the county’s longest-tenured commissioner, will continue that streak after defeating challenger Sonya Hunte 513 to 308, according to unofficial results Tuesday night. Only two absentee ballots were challenged, neither of them in the eight county precincts that make up District 4.

Henderson voiced nothing but respect for his opponent.

“They ran a really good campaign and I’ve been in a few,” he said, moments after she gave him a congratulatory hug. “It was one of the best campaigns I’ve run against; she was very nice. We just thank God that we won and we will continue the next four years the goals the people of District 4 have for me.”

There is no Republican candidate on the November ballot, so the seat is again Henderson’s.

Hunte said the race has whetted her interest in helping the county in the future.

“It’s been a great experience,” she said. “The people that I’ve visited with in their living rooms, on their porches, at local churches, it’s been awesome. It’s been awesome to listen to the vision that local citizens have for the county and their part in it.

“I’ll continue to be a community volunteer, particular for programs focused on children and youth. Anywhere I can lend my hand to bettering Newton County, I will. I would be honored to use my skills and talents to move Newton County forward in any capacity.”

In the May primary, Henderson was just nine votes short of a straight majority, but Hunte received 30.78 percent of the vote to force Tuesday’s runoff.


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croberts92027: July 23, 2014 6:50 a.m.

I wish Hunte would have won a majority of the votes and was our new BOC. I think she would represent the children of Newton County the best.

ant2henderson: July 23, 2014 10:53 p.m.

I'm so glad my father won ! He just keep proving people wrong over and over again . He is the best men for the job. He puts God first and God just do his work through him. That's the type of person you want to have the job. He does not talk negative about anyone even though he gets talk negative about and that's my point we as a community need to stop pointing fingers. We all need to come together and help each others out like God would want us to do. Remember not anyone vote means anything if its not God's will. This election was an prime example of how you can have the whole world against you but if God is for you everything will be alright. So you either going to follow a godly man or you will continue to get the same results you was gettin before. This will be my father six term coming up and I can say God has truly been a blessing to my family andmy father and I know he is not done. We have way more blessings on the way and I'm claiming them now.

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