With the results of Tuesday’s election, Statesboro City Council will go from consisting only of men to having women in the majority.
Three women challengers defeated three male incumbents in the only districts with elections. So as of January, the council will consist of three women and two men, not counting Mayor Jonathan McCollar, who has a tie-breaker vote and limited veto.
In District 2, challenger Paulette Chavers captured 299 votes, 61% of the total, to 186 votes, or 38% for one-term incumbent Sam Jones. There were four write-in votes but no qualified write-in candidate.
In District 3, challenger Venus Mack received 115 votes, or 53.2% of the total, to 101 votes, or 46.8%, for one-term incumbent Jeff Yawn.
In District 5, Shari Barr garnered 101 votes, or 52.3% of the total, to 91 votes, or 47.2%, for Derek Duke. Duke was elected in spring 2018, through a special election and runoff, to serve the last year and a half of an unexpired term.
Barr and Duke were the only candidates at the Bulloch County election headquarters when the final results were posted. They shook hands, and he congratulated her.
Overall, about 10.9% of the three districts’ combined registered voters turned out.
Brooklet & Register
In Brooklet, Joseph Grooms III was elected mayor with 143 votes to Charles Howell’s 136. Lonnie “Nicky” Gwinnett won council Post 1 with 164 votes to Jason Knight’s 111, and Bradley Anderson won Post 2 with 164 votes to Edward Dinello’s 85.
In Register, incumbent Tonya Boyd held onto Seat 3 on the Town Council with 28 votes to Shannan Grubbs’ five votes. Alfred Jones won Seat 4 with 20 votes to William Ingram’s eight votes.