Incumbents had a good day in the Columbia County Commission races.
District 1 Commissioner Trey Allen beat challenger Lee Benedict and District 3 Commissioner Charles Allen won over Jan “Butch” Holley, with each incumbent getting nearly 70 percent of the vote.
In the District 4 school board race, Roxanne Whitaker won nearly 60 percent of the vote to beat Deborah Fisher and Bobby Ray Strickland. In the District 1 school board race, Carolyn Chase and David Dekle will compete in a runoff Aug. 21.
“I don’t know if this is the worst or best part of the campaign,” said Chase, watching the results stream in at the Columbia County Board of Elections. “I think it’s the best.”
In the District 121 state House race, Barry Fleming beat Mike Popplewell with 61.54 percent of the vote.
There won’t be a runoff in the chief Magistrate race despite the three-candidate field. Jason Troiano took nearly 54 percent of the vote.
As a result of the Sunday package alcohol sales measure passing on Tuesday, alcohol will be sold on Sundays beginning Labor Day weekend. While Columbia County voters rejected the transportation sales tax, its passage in the rest of the Central Savannah River Area tax district means the sales tax will increase to 8 percent.
On the nonbinding ballot questions, Columbia County voted in favor of limiting lobbyist gifts, granting gun licenses to service members younger than 21, the life amendment question, tax credits for home energy costs, and a Made in Georgia tax break.
Advance declaration of party affiliation and casino gambling did not fare as well.