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Runoff underway for Walthourville mayor

Early voting continues through Friday for the Walthourville mayoral runoff between incumbent Larry Baker and challenger Sarah B. Hayes.

Early voting is being held at the historic Liberty County Courthouse, 100 N. Main Street, Suite 1600 in the Elections and Registration office, and at the East End Complex, 9397 E. Oglethorpe Highway in Midway, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. As of Tuesday, there had been 71 votes cast either early or by mail-in ballot.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. at Victory Baptist Church, 1933 Talmadge Road, in Walthourville on election day.

Baker received 200 of the 510 votes cast in the mayor’s race in November, or 39%. Hayes, who gave up her city council seat to run for mayor, received 130 votes, or 25.5% of the ballots cast.

Because no one in the four-person race received a majority, the top two vote-getters were placed in a runoff.

Voting in the November election was almost evenly split between election day and early voting, with 250 voters casting ballots early and 249 people going to the polls to vote.

Of the Walthourville City Council’s five seats, three will be held by newcomers. Luciria Luckey Lovette, representing Post 4, did not face any opposition, and Bridgette Kelly retained her Post 3 seat.

Mitchell Boston unseated incumbent James Hendry for the Post 1 seat, and newcomers Patrick Underwood (Post 2) and Robert Dodd (Post 5) won election in open seats.

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