BOC election draws familiar names and newcomers

A packed audience attended a recent board meeting for a zoning hearing. (staff photo)

This year, county commission chair, commission district I, and commission district II are on the ballot. With the conclusion of qualifying, the election has drawn a mixture of familiar faces and newcomers.

The district II election has a contested Democratic Party primary to be held on May 19. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes, the top two vote getters would advance to a late summer runoff. The general election for all positions will be in November.

County Chair

All Henry County registered voters participate in and elect the county chair. The 2020 election will be a rematch of the contest four years ago.

Incumbent County Chair June Wood (R) has qualified against Carlotta Harrell (D). The two candidates were separated by less than one-hundred votes in the November 2016 general election with neither receiving a majority. Chair Wood later won the December runoff.

Harrell, a Stockbridge resident and chief of staff for Commissioner Bruce Holmes, also ran against Tommy Smith in 2012.

Commission District I

Retired firefighter and incumbent District I Commissioner Johnny Wilson was the only candidate to qualify for the position. Wilson will likely be re-elected to a second term.

Commission District II

As stated above, commission district II has a contested Democratic Party primary in May. The primary will be between incumbent Dee Clemmons, Tina Marie Coria, and Devlin Cleveland.

Clemmons was unopposed in the Democratic primary four years ago before defeating Jeff Robinson (R) in the general election by approximately one-thousand votes. Tina Coria ran for the seat ten years ago in a 2010 special election finishing with 9.92% of the vote.

Finally, Devlin Cleveland is the third Democratic candidate in the primary. Moving Henry Forward had a chance to interview him this week.

Steve Richardson is the lone Republican to qualify in the race. He will face the winner of the Democratic primary in November.

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