There will be a runoff between two Republican candidates in the race for the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners Seat 2B.
Incumbent Walter Gibson garnered the most votes with 1,762 (about 43 percent), while challenger Travis Chance pulled in 1,248 votes (about 31 percent). Republican challenger Sid Jones trailed behind with 1,073 votes.
Formerly a Statesboro city councilman, Chance resigned from that position to run for the county commission seat, planning to move out of the city limits. During his campaign, he said he felt his experience would help improve the relationship between city and county governments. He also said he feels Bulloch County should capitalize on its potential for growing jobs and industry.
During his campaign, Gibson, who has served several terms, focused on budgets and millage rates and touted past accomplishments county commissioners have achieved to improve the county.
Gibson commented on the participation of voters in the local primary election, which was barely 20 percent.
“It seemed like a low turnout,” he said. “We will regroup and start over, and go from there. We’ll see what happens.”
Chance said he appreciated the support and the fact that it was a “clean, completely cordial race.” He congratulated Jones, as well as Gibson, “on a race well run. Now, we’ll see who is left standing at the end.”
The primary election runoff will be July 24.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.