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Fisher, Martin win Grovetown municipal election

Harlem incumbents keep seats

Posted: November 7, 2017 - 9:38pm  |  Updated: November 7, 2017 - 10:14pm
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Sara Majewski, Grovetown city council incumbent and candidate Sylvia Martin and Marianne Creel wave to passersby in front of Johns Street in Grovetown Tuesday.  ABBIGAIL LENNON/STAFF
ABBIGAIL LENNON/STAFF
Sara Majewski, Grovetown city council incumbent and candidate Sylvia Martin and Marianne Creel wave to passersby in front of Johns Street in Grovetown Tuesday.

Grovetown will welcome a new city council member at the beginning of the year.

Dr. Deborah Fisher took the most votes to win the race for one of two seats in Tuesday's municipal elections. Incumbent councilwoman Sylvia Martin will also keep her seat with a narrow victory of just two votes over candidate Allen Transou.

"I am very thankful and very happy for the citizens of Grovetown because they voted for their voice," Fisher said after the unofficial results were reported by the Columbia County Board of Elections.

"I am bringing baggage with me from the campaign trail, from issues that our citizens have voiced to me on the campaign trail and I am ready to tackle those issues and work with the city on those issues," Fisher added.

Of the 1,156 ballots cast, Fisher earned a total of 329 votes for 28.46 percent.

Martin pulled out ahead with a total of 304 votes for 26.30 percent of the vote, in a victory that she said took her by surprise.

"I am ecstatic. I am very happy. I was very worried there for a while when two of the precincts had reported and I was down by some votes, so I was really preparing myself to lose, so I am just ecstatic," Martin said.

Martin said she is prepared to move ahead with issues stated in her campaign with the most important being balancing the 2018 budget for the city. Martin expressed congratulations to all candidates, but said she expected Fisher to do well in the race and is now hoping for a cohesive city council.

"Like I've said before, I feel like I can work with anybody," Martin said. "I hope the council wll be cohesive and work together because I want what's best for the city."

Incumbent Vickie Cook earned a total of 143 votes for 12.37 percent of the vote and candidate David Payne earned just 76 votes for 6.57 percent of the vote.

In Harlem, Roxanne Whitaker earned 97 percent of the 356 ballots cast, running unopposed in the mayoral race.

And no changes are in store for the Harlem city council.

Mayor Pro Tem incumbent John Thigpen secured just over 40 percent of the vote with a total of 278 ballots. Fellow councilman Danny Bellavance will also keep his seat after receiving 29.84 percent of the vote over candidate Al Reeves, who garnered 28.82 percent.

The results are incomplete and unofficial at press time Tuesday. 

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