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Incumbents bounced on Social Circle school board
Runoff needed in City Council race where candidates tie
Social Circle

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. — Voters cleaned house on the city Board of Education.

Meanwhile, a runoff will be necessary after two candidates tied in their race for an open seat on the Social Circle City Council.

Both incumbents seeking re-election to the school board were defeated.

Rico Jackson, who works at Standridge Color Corp., defeated incumbent Jamie P. Peterson in the District 2 race. Jackson had 73 votes (70.87 percent) to Peterson’s 29 (28.16 percent). There was one write-in vote.

Sabrina Sanford-Flint unseated Charlie Akin in District 4 despite Akin recently being elected vice chairman of the school board. Sabrina-Flint won 80 votes (50.96 percent) to 77 (49.04 percent).

Former school board member John M. Callahan won a four-year term as chairman of the Social Circle Board of Education. He was unopposed.

Callahan recently gave up his seat as the 3rd District representative on the school board and Patrick Dally was appointed to fill the seat.

Tonia Lumpkin won a four-woman special election to fill the unexpired term of former board member Sinclair Grey in District 1.

Lumpkin, an administrative associate at the University of Georgia School of Law, pulled 110 votes for 50.69 percent of the field. That was just enough, as a candidate required just one more than half to avoid a runoff.

Jessica Hutcheson had 93 votes, Kimberley Donaldson nine and Cassie D. Jones five.

In the District 1 race for City Council, former Main Street Director Tim Haney and former Councilwoman Traysa Cody Price each drew 98 votes and will meet in a runoff Dec. 5.

Adolphus Gaither had 22 votes to round out the field.

Mayor Pro Tem David Keener was re-elected to the 3rd District City Council seat without opposition.