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Mayoral election set for Tuesday

City voters to choose between Moore, McCollar in local runoff

Mayoral election set for Tuesday

Mayoral election set for Tuesday


Tuesday is the day.
Voters in the city of Statesboro will have the opportunity to elect a new mayor, when polls open for a runoff between top vote-getters of November’s general election.
According to the Bulloch County Board of Elections, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at both precincts within the city.
Voters living in Districts 1 and 2 can submit ballots at the William James Educational Complex, at 150 Williams Road, and voters in Districts 3, 4 and 5 can submit ballots at Pittman Park United Methodist Church, at 1102 Fair Road.
A reminder for citizens: anyone living in the city that was registered to vote prior to the Nov. 5 election may take part in the runoff, even if they did not vote in the city election, said Shontay Jones, of the Bulloch Board of Elections.
Also, voters must present a valid form of photo identification, she said.
Those making their way to the polls will choose between the top vote-getters from this month’s city election — Jonathan McCollar and Jan Moore.
The pair finished first and second, respectively, in a four-candidate race for the office.
Moore, 51, led the way in votes, garnering approximately 40 percent (630 votes) of those submitted.
McCollar, 39, received a total of 563 votes — approximately 36 percent of those tallied.
More than 50 percent of votes would have been necessary for a candidate to win the race outright.
Moore, a Statesboro native, 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.
McCollar, also a Statesboro native, is a senior community manager for the American Cancer Society and a Realtor. The December runoff is his second in approximately 12 months. He lost a race for the District 1 seat on Statesboro City Council last year, in a runoff against Councilman Phil Boyum.
According to Jones, more than 10,000 people are registered, and eligible, to vote in Tuesday’s election.
Approximately 15 percent of voters (1618 people) took part in the general election; a total of 513 people participated in an early election period for that election.
For the runoff, 621 ballots were completed early, as of 4:40 p.m. Wednesday — about 20 minutes before early voting for the runoff concluded.
Approximately 428 of the early voters live in Districts 1 and 2; the other 193 people are in Districts 3, 4, and 5.
According to Jones, a sample ballot for the election can be found online at http://bullochcounty.net/government/departments-a-to-e/board-of-elections.
For information about elections or where to vote, people can contact the Bulloch County Board of Elections at (912) 764-6502 or (912) 489-1677, or visit the "My Voter" page at www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

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

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