Long County’s runoff elections Tuesday night decided the new probate judge and the Democratic candidate for the county’s Board of Commissioners District 2 seat who will run against the Republican candidate in November.
The runoff was to resolve races from the May 24 primaries.
Bobby Smith beat out Teresa Odum 795 to 519, with 60.5 percent of the vote for the probate judge seat, according to the certified results posted on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.
"Excited, blessed, very blessed," Smith said he felt after seeing the results Tuesday.
"It’s been a lot of sleepless nights. Getting up before daylight, getting home after dark," he said about his campaign. "And it’s just been a wonderful experience getting to meet a lot of great people in the county, making new memories and building relationships with people. It’s been awesome."
This was Smith’s first time running for office. He said he learned to "take the high punches and the low punches, you know, the goods and the bad."
"And so I was pretty content with everything that happened," he added. "You just got to learn to roll with it, being where the wind blows."
Going forward, Smith said he will work hard as probate judge.
"The people have my heart, this county has my heart and I’m just going to continue to build relationships and earn their trust and do the best that I can for Long County," he said.
Odum said she was feeling good with the results, but was also just tired.
"Congratulations to Bobby. You ran a good race," she said.
The race "was an awesome experience, it really was," Odum said. "Never been in politics before, but it was really a good experience to get to meet people and get a chance to get out in the community and talk to people. So I really enjoyed it."
Now that the race is over, Odum said she will continue with her plan to finish her bachelor’s degree and go to law school.
For the District 2 Commission seat, incumbent Robert Long won 146-129, beating Charles Brady with 53.09 percent of the vote, according to the Secretary of State’s website.
Long will run against Republican Mike Riddle in the Nov. 8 general election.
"I do really appreciate the run for commissioner. And not only that, but I appreciate the good clean race that was run," Long said. "And I’m just wanting to strive and try to work to carry our county forward."
For the November election, Long said he will try to meet with as many people as he can and put the word out about what he has been doing.
Long said he is friends with Riddle and, "I’m just going to run the best I can and see where it goes."
"I wish and hope him the best, along with myself, and let’s see where it leads," he said.