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Tankersley wins fifth term as state representative
Will continue to represent House District 160
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Incumbent state Rep. Jan Tankersley swept in the votes Tuesday night, elected to serve a fifth term representing House District 160.

Overall in District 160, made up of portions of south Bulloch and north Bryan counties, Tankersley garnered 77 percent of the votes — 2,560 votes to challenger Robert Busbee’s 764.

Bulloch voters handed 78 percent to Tankesley (2,123 votes), while Busbee collected 593 votes.

Busbee, a Statesboro attorney who has never served in elected office, was not immediately available for comment Tuesday night. He promoted hard work and loyalty to South Georgia voters as his qualifications for the seat, citing “modernization and transparency” in Georgia’s state and local governments as his key platform issues.

Tankersley was excited as she spoke to the Statesboro Herald by phone Tuesday night.

“I am excited to have the privilege and honor to serve the people in House District 160,” she said. “I am looking forward to the next legislative session.”

Tankersley was the first female state representative for this district, having served eight years. Before seeking the state representative seat, she served on the Bulloch County commission for 10 years and was also the first female Bulloch County commissioner. Prior to being elected to the commission, Tankersley served five years on the Brooklet City Council.

“I love my community, know the people, and I am happy to connect them with their needs,” she said.


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

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