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Lewis re-elected to council
Britt, Chance also retain seats
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Gary Lewis was re-elected to his fourth term as District 2 Statesboro City Councilman Tuesday.

With just enough votes to avoid a runoff, Incumbent City Councilman Gary Lewis overcame the challenges of three others Tuesday, and was reelected to a fourth term on Statesboro City Council.

Lewis finished ahead of opponents Lance Turner, Sam Jones and Donald Logan in the contest for a council seat with 50.63 percent of votes cast in Statesboro’s District 2.

The runner-up, Turner, finished with 32 percent of votes.

Lewis said he is looking forward to another four years in office, and will plan a celebration event for constituents in coming days.

“I’m glad I won. The people spoke,” Lewis said. “I want to thank everybody. And thank God most of all. He’s responsible for what happened tonight.”

By capturing 321 of 634 votes cast, the councilman avoided a December runoff between the top two vote-getters, he and Turner, by just four votes.

Turner garnered 202 votes, Jones 79 (12.5 percent), and Logan 29 (4.5 percent).

“I was hoping for a runoff,” Logan said. “I figured it would be between Lance [Turner] and Gary [Lewis].”

Each of the four candidates sat within the Bulloch County Courthouse Tuesday as votes were tabulated.

“I felt like it was a great race,” said Jones, who contributed the defeat to not reaching enough voters.

Turnout for the District 2 contest fell shy of 2007 figures.

Lewis was elected to office four years ago during a race in which 689 people voted.

At the polls Tuesday, and during an early/advanced voting period between Oct. 17 and Nov. 4, approximately 19 percent of 3,418 eligible voters in District 2 cast ballots.

In Statesboro’s District 3 and 5, Incumbent councilmen Will Britt (District 3) and Travis Chance (District 5) retained seats in unopposed races.

 

Jeff Harrison can be reached at 912-489-9454

 

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