Columbia County voters deserve a round of applause for turning out in better-than-expected numbers in Tuesday's General Election.
But they can't leave the stage just yet; there's an encore in three weeks.
Two races with multiple candidates finished without a winner and will be decided in a Dec. 5 runoff. David Roper and Bill Williams will face off in the race for Superior Court judge, with voters in Columbia, Richmond and Burke counties choosing the successor to Bill Fleming. The News-Times continues to recommend the election of Roper.
Columbia County voters alone will decide who will become the first county-wide elected chairman of the school board. The News-Times recommended Lawrence Hammond for that post; he didn't make the runoff. Of the two candidates remaining, the far better choice is Regina Buccafusco. Hammond agrees, and is lending his support to Buccafusco.
Both candidates understand that Buccafusco's destructive opponent, former board member Lee Muns, is the wrong person to serve as the figurehead for the county's highly regarded school system. Buccafusco is far and away the better choice.
While it would have been preferable to bring down the curtain on these elections Tuesday, there's still one act left. It's up to voters to provide the closing scene on Dec. 5.
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