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Nobles wins big in Long County
One runoff for commission seat
Cecil Nobles
Long County Sheriff Cecil Nobles is the longest-serving sheriff in Georgia. - photo by Photo provided.
LUDOWICI —— The Long County primary election results are in and show that incumbent Sheriff Cecil Nobles appears to have secured himself four more years in office by bringing in 51 percent of the votes cast.
Nobles, who was elected as sheriff in 1968 is the longest serving sheriff in the Georgia, and the second longest in the nation.
This year, Nobles had two candidates, Frank McClelland Jr. and Darrell Ballance challenge him for his position on the Democratic ticket.  McClelland had 30 percent of the votes while Ballance had 19 percent.
No one qualified on the Republican side. So it is likely Nobles victory assures him re-election.
In the tax commissioner race, Becky Simmons Fowler appears to have won that race, bringing in 53 percent of the votes over Marjorie “Margie” DeLoach, who had 47 percent.
Fowler is expected to replace her mother, Lillian Simmons who chose not to run for re-election.  This race also was on the Democratic ticket, with no one running as a Republican.
In the county commissioner races, in District 1-Beard’s Creek, David Richardson appears to have won the seat with 67 percent of the vote, over Marty Adams who brought in 33 percent.
In District 2-Rye Patch/Oak Dale, on the Democratic side, Wallace Shaw appears to have garnered the majority of the votes cast, by bringing in 51 percent of votes over Jacob Pitts, who had 49 percent.
On the Republican side there were three candidates with hats in the ring, and a run-off will be required to see who will move on to the general election.
Tim Works garnered 43 percent of the GOP vote, while Arthur Davis got 40 percent and Leslie Sutton had 17 percent.
In District 3-South Ludowici, Joel Andrew Fuller was unopposed and will fill that seat, while in District 4-North Ludowici, incumbent Cliff DeLoach also was unopposed.
In District 5-Tibet area, Robert Charles Walker appears to have brought that seat home with 60 percent of the votes over Amy Davis Nutting who had 40 pecent. No one qualified as a Republican in this district.
According to Long County Election Superintendent Marie Middleton, the final results will not be official until Friday, when all provisional and absentee have been counted and results certified.

Democratic Unofficial Results

Sheriff Democrat
Cecil Nobles, 1,227, 51%
Frank McClelland Jr., 710, 30%
Darrell Balance, 452, 19%

Tax commissioner Democrat
Becky Simmons Fowler, 1,257, 53%
Margie DeLoach, 1,096 47%

District 1 commissioner Democrat
David Richardson, 330, 67%
Marty Adams, 163, 33%

District 2 commissioner Democrat
Wallace Shaw, 313, 51%
Jacob Pitts, 305, 49%

District 2 Commissioner Race
Tim Work, 36, 43%
Arthur Davis, 34, 40%
Leslie Sutton    , 14, 17%

District 5 Commissioner Race Democrat
Robert Charles Walker, 300, 60%
Amy Davis Nutting, 201, 40%
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