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I'M FRANK MALLOY..
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
IT'S ELECTION NIGHT IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... AND ONE OF THE BIG QUESTIONS ON THE BALLOT TODAY WAS THE FATE OF THE PROPOSED BIBB COUNTY SPLOST.
MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT GATHERED WITH SPLOST SUPPORTERS AT THE MACON-BIBB WINS HEADQUARTERS ON POPLAR STREET THIS EVENING TO WATCH ELECTION RESULTS COME IN.
HE SPOKE WITH OUR ELEANOR LISSITZYN ABOUT AN HOUR AGO... HE SAYS HE WAS SURPRISED... AND THRILLED WITH THE OVERWHELMING VOTER SUPPORT.
"This SPLOST made sense. It makes sense to let other people from outside the county help pay for some of the infrastructure that we need. More importantly, I think it's a statement by the people that they are ready to reinvest in their community."
IN WARNER ROBINS... THREE COUNCIL SEATS WERE ON THE BALLOT... INCLUDING THE POST SIX SEAT CURRENTLY HELD BY JOHN WILLIAMS.
HE FACED CHALLENGERS MICHAEL DAVIS AND NEAL ERWIN.
MIKE DAVIS IS RETIRED FROM THE WARNER ROBINS FIRE DEPARTMENT... AND NOW WORKS AS A LOCAL RADIO SPORTS BROADCASTER.
HE SAYS HE BRING HONESTY AND INTEGRITY TO WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCIL.
TWO OTHER WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCIL SEATS ON THE BALLOT TONIGHT... POST TWO... ... AND POST FOUR.
CAROLYN ROBBINS AND TIM THOMAS SAY THEY EXPECTED THE RUN-OFF WITH FIVE CANDIDATES IN THE RACE.
MIKE BRASHEAR... THE FRONT RUNNER IN THE POST FOUR RACE... HOPED TO ESCAPE A RUN-OFF.
HIS OPPONENT... GENE HARRINGTON.... SAID HE PLANNED FOR BAD NEWS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NIGHT... BUT WAS PLEASED TO SEE HE WILL GET ANOTHER SHOT IN DECEMBER.
SEVERAL PLACES... INCLUDING BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTIES... HAD SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALE QUESTIONS ON THE BALLOT.
IN MONROE COUNTY... THE CITY OF FORSYTH ELECTED A MAYOR AND A CITY COUNCIL MEMBER.
IN THE MAYOR'S RACE...
WILL DAVIS WITH THE MONROE COUNTY REPORTER IS JOINING US BY SKYPE WITH MORE ON THE RACES... WILL?
THE PEOPLE OF BYRON RE-ELECTED CURRENT MAYOR LARRY COLLINS TONIGHT...
THIS MARKS COLLINS THIRD CONSECUTIVE TERM AS MAYOR...
FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAME TOGETHER AT DRUGSTORE DELI IN DOWNTOWN BYRON TO CELEBRATE THE VICTORY...
HE SAYS HE HAS BIG PLANS FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS... BUT GIVES CREDIT FOR HIS RE-ELECTION TO THE PEOPLE HE WORKS WITH.
Collins: " I had a worthy opponent. A good friend of mine. We're going to do great things in the next four years, but the fact that I won is not necessarily a testament to me. It's a testament to the employees of the city of byron."
COLLINS' CHALLENGER... MIKE LOVE...LOST BY LESS THAN 100 VOTES..
EVEN THOUGH THEY WEREN'T CELEBRATING A VICTORY... LOVE'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAME TOGETHER AS THE RESULTS CAME IN...
LOVE SAYS HE DID WHAT HE SET OUT TO DO...
Love: "It was a very close race so apparently there were a lot of people out there who realize changes is coming. I think will now become a topic of conversation more and more."
SEVERAL OTHER CENTRAL GEORGIA CITIES ALSO ELECTED MAYORS TODAY.
MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT WON THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY FOR MAYOR.
HE DIDN'T FACE REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION TODAY... BUT DAVID COUSINO LAUNCHED A WRITE-IN CAMPAIGN.
RIGHT NOW... MAYOR REICHERT HAS MORE THAN SIX THOUSAND VOTES.
BOARD OF ELECTIONS SUPERVISOR ELAINE CARR SAYS THEY WON'T KNOW HOW MANY VOTES COUSINO RECIEVED... UNTIL ALL PRECINCTS REPORT.
SHE SAYS THEY WILL BE ABLE TO SEE WHICH VOTES ARE WRITE-INS.... BUT BECAUSE THE BALLOT COULD BE FOR ANYONE... THEY WON'T KNOW UNTIL THE END OF THE NIGHT... HOW MANY VOTES COUSINO ACTUALLY RECEIVED.
ONE OF THE RACES UP FOR VOTE IN DUBLIN TONIGHT... THE MAYOR'S RACE.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... CAMPAIGNERS STARTED EARLY... AND FOR BEST... IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK.<<
Nats, Mayor Best
WHEN ELECTION RESULTS CAME IN TUESDAY NIGHT... IT WAS CELEBRATION FOR THE BEST PARTY.
Cile Best, Dublin: "We were just waiting on pins and needles."
MAYOR PHIL BEST CALLS HIS WIFE CILE... HIS NUMBER ONE FAN.
Cile Best: "Personally, I'm a little prejudice here, but I think he is just looking out for the betterment of Dublin."
AND ACCORDING TO THE TURNOUT... SO DID MORE THAN 16 HUNDRED OTHER DUBLIN VOTERS.
BEST AND HIS OPPONENT... SMALL BUSINESS OWNER JIMMY VAUGHN WAITED TO HERE THE RESULTS AT THE LAURENS COUNTY COURTHOUSE.
Nats: "This is the number of votes."
BEST WON BY MORE THAN 1 THOUSAND VOTES... A VICTORY VAUGHN WASN'T PREDICTING.
Jimmy Vaughn, Dublin: "We don't even consider that, if we don't win. IF has never been in this equation."
FOR BEST... IT'LL BE HIS FOURTH TERM AS DUBLIN'S MAYOR.
Mayor Best: "The first thing we're going to do is we're going to pick up signs."
AFTER THAT... HE SAYS HE'LL FOCUS ON BRINGING JOBS TO THE CITY.
Best: "We've already been working with our development authority and county commissioners. We're going to continue to do that and support them in every way."
BEST SAYS HE ALSO PLANS TO WORK ON REVITALIZING DOWNTOWN.
BUT FOR ELECTION NIGHT... IT'S A WIN WORTH CELEBRATING.
AMY AUBERT 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> SEVERAL CENTRAL GEORGIA CITIES AND COUNTIES HELD SUNDAY SALES VOTES THIS ELECTION DAY....
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