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Moore, McCollar advance to mayoral runoff

Incumbent Joe Brannen finishes third

Moore, McCollar advance to mayoral runoff

Moore, McCollar advance to mayoral runoff

Incumbent Statesboro Mayor Joe Branne...


Four candidates entered and, after Tuesday, two remain.

In a race to determine the next mayor for the city of Statesboro, no one candidate received the 50 percent plus one amount of votes required to secure the office, resulting in a runoff election to be held next month.

When all ballots were tallied, Jonathan McCollar and Jan Moore emerged as leading vote-getters, and will again compete for the mayor's chair in an election Dec. 3, according to unofficial results released by the Bulloch County Board of Elections and Voter Registration.

Moore led the way on city ballots, garnering approximately 40 percent (630 votes) of all votes cast.

McCollar received a total of 563 votes — approximately 36 percent of those tallied.

Incumbent Mayor Joe Brannen collected 328 votes (21 percent), while Bill Thomas received 64 (4 percent).

Moore, 51, is the business editor for the Statesboro Herald and a behavior intervention specialist/psychologist for the Bulloch County Board of Education. She is seeking office for the first time.

She submitted a prepared statement shortly after results were totaled.

"I'd like to thank each of you for your diligent efforts in supporting me during this campaign. We fought hard and we're all tired, but it is not over. I think it is important to celebrate this personal victory with all of you, who have worked so hard for me in this community. But tomorrow the work begins again," Moore said. "It is up to us to make certain that our platform of downtown revitalization, jobs for Statesboro and Bulloch County, and collaboration of city and county, is communicated to our constituents. I look forward to the next chapter in this campaign and representing the citizens of Statesboro as your mayor."

McCollar, 39, is a senior community manager for the American Cancer Society and a Realtor. He has previously sought office on City Council, Bulloch County Board of Commissioners and the Georgia House of Representatives.
Tuesday, he waited at the Bulloch County Courthouse until all ballots were counted.

"Looking at the numbers, we know that the city definitely wants change. The truth of the matter is that I am the only ‘change' candidate in this race. It would be a change for the city to have a mayor that has actually went to school to run government, and has put out a clear platform for economic development, youth development, leadership and infrastructure," McCollar said. "We are going to move forward, keep putting people over politics, and make sure we do all we can do, for the best of this city. We didn't come this far to be stopped now. We have no doubt that, at the end of this, the city will choose a mayor that will put people over politics."

Regardless of the eventual winner, the city of Statesboro will have a new mayor.

Upon hearing the final results, Brannen said: "I think it was a hard-fought campaign, and the candidates all worked hard. It was a good group, and I wish (the continuing candidates) well. (While mayor), I think we made good progress in the city and put a good group of people in place, who have worked hard to put Statesboro where it is now. I hope that can continue."

Thomas could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Jeff Harrison may be reached at (912) 489-9454.

 

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