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Written by Matt Davis on November 6, 2013. Posted in News/Weather

The November 5th election is on the books.  Newcomer Wendy Davis has officially been selected to serve in Ward Two of the Rome City Commission.  She will be joined by incumbents Jamie Doss and Sue Hamler Lee.  Two newcomers have been chosen to serve on the Rome City School Board, Richard Dixon and Elaina Beeman, along with incumbents Faith Collins, Cheryl Huffman, Bruce Jones, Judy Sims and Dale Swann.  The $65 million SPLOST that appeared on yesterday’s ballot was narrowly approved by voters with an 84-vote margin, while citizens overwhelmingly expressed their support of the $80 million ELOST.  In addition, voters have also given the go-ahead for two measures related to Sunday alcohol sales in Floyd County, which will allow for Sunday sales by the drink and for Sunday package sales.

Floyd County Elections Supervisor Evonne Billups indicates that more voters cast their ballots in yesterday’s election than she anticipated, with an estimated voter turn-out of about 32 percent.

Billups believes that the SPLOST was one of the hot items that drew voters to the polls.

Now let’s look at yesterday’s election by the numbers, starting with the race for Ward Two of the Rome City Commission.  The top three vote recipients were Jamie Doss with 2,810, Wendy Davis with 2,721 votes and Sue Hamler Lee with 2,513 votes.  Incumbent Detrick Redding’s time with the City Commission is coming to an end as he received only 2,172 votes.

The top vote recipients for the Rome City School Board were:  Cheryl Huffman with 2,707, Judy Sims with 2,502, Richard Dixon with 2,464, Faith Collins with 2,355, Bruce Jones with 2,110, Dale Swann with 2,043 and Elaina Beeman with 1,846.  All seven of those candidates will fill the seats on the City School Board.  Incumbent Chris Wilson will not keep his seat; he had 1,727 votes.  And newcomers Wes Hardin, Michael J. Howell and Sundai Stevenson lost their bid for the Rome BOE; Hardin had 1,729 votes, Howell had 1,747 and Stevenson had 1,817.

The new SPLOST approved by voters in yesterday’s election will pave the way for various projects, including the new Tennis Center of Georgia to be located in Armuchee, a new Floyd County Animal Shelter and a runway extension at the Russell Airport.  Again, the SPLOST passed by an 84 vote margin.  There were 6,885 yes votes (or 50.31 percent) and 6,801 no votes (or 49.69 percent).  The one-cent sales tax will take effect on April 1, 2014.

The education local option sales tax passed with 9,251 (or 67.08 percent) voting in favor of the ELOST and 4,541 (or 32.92 percent) voting against it.  This will mean a new facility for Coosa High School, along with a number of other projects at local schools. The ELOST is an extension of the current education sales tax.

Floyd County voters approved Sunday alcohol sales by the drink with 7,353 voting in support of the measure (or 54.05 percent).  There were 6,250 no votes (or 45.95 percent).  And Sunday package sales were approved with 7,534 affirmative votes (or 54.78 percent), compared to 6,220 no votes (or 45.22 percent).

In Cave Spring, the following candidates were elected to serve on their City Council:  Mike Ragland, Dennis Shoaf and Nick McLemore.

Yesterday’s election results must be approved by Georgia’s Secretary of State in order to be deemed official.  Those seeking totals by precinct can visit the following website:  www.floydcountyelections.com.

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