Marcus Scott IV won the Board of Education District 5 seat Tuesday, beating out Lillie “Readie” Kelly with a total tally of 326 votes to Kelly’s 240.
Sampie W. Smith ran unopposed for the District 6 BoE seat. He will replace Becky Carter, who has served on the board for 16 years.
Also running unopposed were incumbents Lily H. Baker, who represents District 7 and also serves as the board chair, and Marcia Anderson, representing District 4.
District 1 County Commissioner incumbent Marion Stevens Sr. won with 55.23 percent of the vote to Jack Waters’ 44.77 percent. For the District 3 commission seat, incumbent Connie Thrift defeated opponent Mike Arnold with 58.56 percent, compared to Arnold’s 41.44 percent.
Justin L. Frasier ran unopposed and retains his seat as the District 2 commissioner.
Local polling sites reported slow but steady voter turnout. By noon, only 63 voters had cast ballots at the Shuman Recreation Center, only slightly higher than the 51 that First Baptist Church on Memorial Drive reported at 12:15 p.m.
“They’ve just been sort of trickling in off and on all day,” said LaFayne H. May, poll manager at Shuman Recreation Center. “The primaries are usually a little slower than the other elections.”
Beverly Gross, poll manager at First Baptist Church, also attributed the low voter turnout to the fact that many citizens are not well-acquainted with all the candidates who are running.
“I think they prefer to eat their lunch,” Gross said of the voters who didn’t rush to the polls around noontime.
Among the voters who did turn out to cast ballots was Hinesville resident Mac Andrews, who said he always follows the election process all the way through, beginning with the primaries, to “make sure you get the right person to start with.”