Hinesville voters have another chance to show their support for their favorite mayoral and council candidates as two races head into runoff elections.
Mayoral candidates Allen Brown and Charles Frasier will go head to head after beating out three other candidates in the general election. While Brown received the most votes with 1,117, he was not able to get an outright majority to beat Frasier, who received 909 votes.
Brown said that he had expected a runoff with Frasier.
“And my hope was to be the leader, which looks like I am,” he said.
“You definitely intensify,” Brown said about his campaign going into the runoff. “We did a lot of good things. I think we didn’t do some things as good as we should have. And I think we can improve on that the next 30 days and maybe improve our status.”
Frasier said it was disappointing not to win on the first try, but that it was almost impossible to not have a runoff with five candidates.
“We’re pleased with where we are right now,” he said. “We’re happy with our position, and we’re looking forward to the runoff. And we’re just going to continue to do the same things that we’ve done to get here.”
“It’s going to be very interesting,” he said about the runoff race. “I think the challenge may be to get the people back to the polls to vote. Oftentimes, people don’t want to go back to the polls to vote. But I believe that all of my constituents are going to go back and vote for me. Those who voted for me, I expect them to return to the polls. I mean, they just energized and excited about it.”
Hinesville City Council District 3 will also have a runoff election between Vicky Nelson, who had 206 votes, and Arthur Nixon, who had 132 votes, after they beat out Joseph Stuart.
Nelson’s reaction to the runoff was positive.
“I think we did a good job,” she said. “I think we both put some work into it. I mean, we’re just ready for whatever we have to go through.”
Nelson said she will focus on canvassing door to door over the next few weeks, and she wants voters to know that she appreciates their support.
Nixon said he was was thankful after seeing the Nov. 3 results.
“When I saw the numbers, well, just I’m grateful. Really, just knowing that I’m still in, and I have a opportunity to go back out and try to talk to the voters that I may have missed and try to get them to vote for me for the reasons that I had in the beginning.”
Nixon said he wants people to know who he is as a social worker and that his main focus still is educating constituents about city council and advocating for them.
As of Friday, dates for early voting for the runoff are still being worked out, according to Ella Golden with the Liberty County Voter Registration and Elections department.
Election Day is Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Shuman Recreation Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.