Long County voters on Tuesday passed a special referendum to increase the millage rate by 1.6 mills to raise funds to build a new school. The referendum passed with 1,354 voters (63.54 percent) endorsing the measure, while 777 (36.46 percent) opposed it. According to previous reports, the tax increase will raise up to $6.1 million dollars and qualify the school system for $25.7 million from the state. The money then will fund construction of a new school to house grades three through eight and make improvements to the transportation and maintenance facilities.
Voters in the 4th District also elected Clifton DeLoach to fill the Long County Commission seat left vacant when Kent Hall resigned in May. DeLoach received 269 votes (58.61 percent), defeating Alice Woodard, who garnered 188 votes (40.96 percent). DeLoach, who ran as a Republican, also made history by being the first GOP candidate to ever win an election in Long County. After the election, the incoming commissioner expressed gratitude for his supporters.
“I want to thank all of the people who supported and helped me, and all the people who came out and voted for me. I couldn’t have done it without you,” DeLoach said.
He also said he will be a commissioner who looks out for what is best for the county.
“I want to say first thing, I will not be doing for the individual, but instead I will be doing what is in the best interest of the county as a whole,” DeLoach said.
In the statewide races, Long County voters aligned themselves with the rest of Georgia in supporting Republican candidates. According to the Georgia secretary of state’s website, in the U.S. House of Representatives 1st District race, Buddy Carter captured 1,378 Long County votes (64.91 percent) to challenger Brian Reese’s 745 votes (35.09 percent). In the Senate race, 1,258 Long Countians (58.62 percent) cast ballots for David Perdue compared with opponent Michelle Nunn’s 824 votes (38.40 percent). In the governor’s race, incumbent Nathan Deal garnered 1,233 votes (57.94 percent) in Long County, and challenger Jason Carter got 833 (39.14 percent). In the lieutenant governor’s race, incumbent Casey Cagle captured 1,382 votes (65.28 percent) to challenger Connie Stokes’ 735 (34.72 percent). And for the secretary of state post, incumbent Brian Kemp earned 1,371 Long County votes (64.55 percent), while candidate Doreen Carter rounded up 753 votes (35.45 percent). All results are unofficial until certified by the state.