Incumbent Bulloch County Commissioners William Robert Rushing and Anthony Simmons each held their own Tuesday, keeping seats challenged by newcomers.
"I am so thankful the people of Bulloch County have that kind of trust in me," Rushing said. "It's a reward for all the years I have put into serving the community."
Rushing, opposed by Jim Anderson Benton for Bulloch County Commission seat 2-D, took 66 percent of the vote to Benton's 34 percent, with a total of 2,405 votes to Benton's 1,224.
A Republican who will serve a third term, Rushing is a semiretired farmer, and Benton owns a metal products business.
While disappointed in his loss, Benton, who recently stepped down as Bulloch County Republican Party chairman to run for the seat, said running for office was a positive experience.
"I thank the people who supported me, and I am glad I ran," he said. "I wish more people had gone out and voted. Maybe next time."
Simmons, a Democrat, has kept the Bulloch County Commission Seat 1-B since it was created 20 years ago as a result of a class action suit from the NAACP. He was challenged by Jacquavias "Jac" Roberson in the Democratic primary. Simmons works in the health services field, while Roberson owns a local funeral home.
Simmons took 63 percent of the vote with 499 votes, while Roberson, with 289 votes, garnered 37 percent of the vote.
"This will be my sixth term," Simmons said. "I am very happy to get to continue what I love doing. I will get to see projects we started be completed, and we will keep property taxes down and pave as many roads as we can."
County projects he hopes to see completed include construction of the new county annex and a multipurpose arena.
Roberson said his loss won't affect his seeking elected positions in the future.
"I feel great after looking at the votes," he said. "This is not going to be my last time running."
He said getting acquainted with people was a positive experience, and he intends to become more involved in the community.
Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.