Perriman and Hodges are reelected; Joyce wins District 2

Incumbents dominate Madison elections

Joyce wins District 2 seat

 

T. Michael Stone

Michael@lakeoconeenews.us

 

Not long after qualifying, Madison Mayor Fred Perriman told the Lake Oconee News that he needed four more years to finish work he had started.

Tuesday night he got those four years.

Perriman won a decisive victory in the Madison municipal election with 73 percent of the ballots cast (845 votes). Challenger Robert Lanier garnered 20 percent with 234 votes, and Kathi Russell finished third with 84 votes, just seven percent.

Perriman jumped out to a commanding lead before election day ballots were even counted, totaling 481 votes in the advance-in-person tally to 129 votes for Lanier and 42 for Russell.

Perriman was on hand as the numbers were revealed to those gathered at the Morgan County elections office.

“I feel great,” Perriman said. I feel that when you run a positive campaign rather than a negative campaign, the people in the community listen. And today the people in the community have spoken. They have spoken on the character that I carry in this community and the work that we have done with the city council in the past. And I am overjoyed that Madison has spoken. Together we will keep Madison moving.”

Perriman adjourned to the Chophouse restaurant to celebrate the victory.

Incumbent Chris Hodges also cruised to an easy win in the Disrict 5 race. She totaled 169 votes (81 percent) to 37 votes for Woody Burriss.

Early voting numbers also pushed Hodges to a big lead with 110 votes while Burriss totaled only 21.

The closest race was in District 2, but Eric Joyce still won by nearly 30 percentage points, totaling 182 votes to 102 for Jennie Newton.

Again early voting numbers meant a solid lead with Joyce garnering 115 votes to the 62 Newton received. Election day numbers continued the trend.

Joyce is currently a member of the Madison Historic Preservation Commission.

“I am very honored to be elected by the citizens of this wonderful town,” Joyce said moments after learing of his victory. “I intend to do the best job I possibly can for what’s best for Madison. And I want to compliment Jennie Newtown for running a really good, honorable and effective campaign. I’m very proud to have so so many people have confidence in me.”

The only other contested seat in Morgan County was the District 3 seat on the Rutledge City Council.

Brandie Owens defeated Jennifer Buzbee with a total of 66 votes to the 50 Buzbee received.

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