Long County voters passed a referendum Tuesday to increase the millage rate by 1.6 to help build a new school.
The referendum passed with 1,354 (64%) voters saying yes, while 777 (36%) voting no. Previous reports said the property tax increase will raise up to $6.1 million and qualify the school system for $25.7 million from the state.
The money will fund construction of a new third-eighth grade school and make improvements to the transportation/maintenance facilities.
Voters in the Fourth District also elected Clifton DeLoach to fill the county commission seat vacated when Kent Hall resigned in May. DeLoach received 269 (58%) votes, defeating Alice Woodard who took 188 (41%) votes. 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, DeLoach expressed gratitude for to supportors.
“I want to thank all of the people who supported and helped me,” DeLoach said, “and all the people who came out and voted for me; I couldn’t have done it without you.”
DeLoach 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”, he said.
In statewide races, Long County voters aligned with the rest of Georgia in supporting Republican candidates. In the U.S. House First District race, Buddy Carter took 1,375 (65%) of the votes, while Brian Reese took 742 (35%). In the U.S. Senate race David Perdue took 1,257 (57%) and Michelle Nunn had 822 (38%).
For governor, incumbent Nathan Deal took 1,232 (58%) and challenger Jason Carter took 831 (39%). For lieutenant governor, incumbent Casey Cagle took 1.377 (65%) and challenger Connie Stokes had 734 (35%) votes. And for secretary of state, incumbent Brian Kemp took 1,368 (65%) and challenger Doreen Carter had 750 (35%) votes.
All results are unofficial until certified by the state.