It was a close race between two candidates for the Portal City Council in the run for the town’s one challenged council seat, but former councilman Billy Boggs won the mayor’s race by a landslide and Portal residents will be able to purchase alcohol at stores within the city limits on Sundays.
Boggs swept away with 131 votes to 33 votes garnered by challenger Frances Turner, winning by a 79 percent margin, according to preliminary records from the Bulloch County Board of Elections, provided Tuesday night by Elections Supervisor Pat Lanier Jones.
Boggs was not immediately available Tuesday night for comment.
It was a tight race between City Council Seat 2 incumbent Jennifer Yates and challenger Sissy Ferrer Carter. Yates kept her seat with a 51 percent win, 83 votes, to Carter’s 81 votes.
Carter said Tuesday night that early votes and absentee votes have yet to be counted.
Yates will enter her fourth term as council member. “I hope to continue to see Portal move forward,” she said. “I love Portal and have lived in the community all my life.”
Delina Woods was the only candidate for the Council Seat 5 vacated by incumbent Clint Lovett’s decision not to run again.
“There are a lot of things that I hope to accomplish (as a council member), but the one thing dear to my heart is beautifying Portal,” she said. “I look forward to working with the mayor and other council members.”
Tuesday was the third time the town of Portal entertained Sunday sales on the ballot. It failed the first time it was up for a vote, then last time, the vote was a tie. Tuesday, however, 93 voters supported the sale of alcohol on Sunday while 71 residents voted against it, passing the referendum by 57 percent.
Portal has two convenience stores within the city limits that sell alcohol.
Out of 428 registered voters in the town, there were 181 ballots cast Jones said.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.