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Deal wins Bulloch County Commission 2A runoff
Businessman defeats Hayes, general election up next
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Curt Deal

Sales representative Curt Deal won the race for Bulloch County Board of Commissioners Seat 2A Tuesday with a 971-vote sweep.

He was opposed in the July 26 runoff election by organic farmer Jimmy Hayes, who garnered 1,590 votes to Deal’s 2,561.

Deal will take the seat Jan. 1, which will be vacated by current Commissioner Carolyn Etheridge’s pending retirement Dec. 31. Etheridge decided not to seek re-election to the office.

After the final count came in Tuesday night, Deal said, “I would like to thank everyone who came out to the polls to vote for this election and who took the time to vote early. I have enjoyed meeting and getting to know so many people here in Bulloch County and look forward to continuing our campaign through November. I appreciate all of the support I have received from my family and friends, both old and new, and together we will continue the growth of Bulloch County.”

In previous interviews, Deal said that, if elected, he has no set agenda; he simply wants to represent the people of the district and do what he can to give back to the community and serve in ways to better the county.

Shortly after the election results were in Tuesday night, Hayes said that he is disappointed, but he offered congratulations to Deal. He said he still plans to attend commission meetings and “put my two cents worth in.”

“Thanks to all who believed in me and voted for me,” he said. “Congratulations to Curt for a clean and hard-fought race. I look forward to working with him and the board as a citizen.”

Deal, a Republican, faces Guyton Police Chief Kelphie Lundy, a Democrat, in the Nov. 8 election.

Deal graduated from Statesboro High School in 1990. His family is originally from the area.

He worked after high school as an apprentice funeral director. After graduation from the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Decatur, he returned to Statesboro and worked for Hodges-Turner Funeral Home and the Jake A. Futch Funeral Home as funeral director.

For the past 12 years, he has been a sales representative for the Dodge Company, one of the largest funeral home suppliers in the region, based in Boston, Massachusetts.

He is married to Jennie Groover Deal, and they have three children — Hannah, Hanson and Halli.

The family are members of First Baptist Church Statesboro, where Deal is a deacon, serves on the finance committee and volunteers with the TV/media ministry team.

He has volunteered for years with the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2012. He is also a past member of the Statesboro Kiwanis Club.

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

 

 

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