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Reid set for return as mayor

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Freeport exemption and Sunday brunch alcohol sales pass

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    Eatonton poll worker Melvin Sanders holds up a dry-erase board on Nov. 5 showing the results of the city election.

Former Mayor of Eatonton John Reid regains his title as leader of the city after winning 851 votes to Rebecca Rocker’s 794 votes.

Reid served in that role for several years before being ousted by current Mayor Walt Rocker Jr., Rebecca’s husband. Campaigning on his experience serving as a government official, Reid garnered 435 advanced votes, 91 absentee votes and 325 votes on Election Day.  

Held on Nov. 5, the election drew a lot of interest from the community with 1,658 ballots cast. City Administrator Gary Sanders noted that there were 32 Election Day provisional ballots and four provisional ballots through advance voting. Those ballots must be verified by the County’s Board of Elections and Registration.

The makeup of Eatonton’s City Council will see only a slight change in 2020. Incumbent Councilmember Alvin Butts retained his Wards 2 and 3 sea,t receiving 522 votes to Rebecca DeLoach Coker’s 84 votes and Gwenett Little’s 41 votes.

With no opposition, Mayor Pro Tem Harvey Walker retained the At Large position with 1,217 votes.

The slight change to City Council comes in the Wards 1 and 4 seat, which went to an unopposed Marie Rainey with 811 votes. That seat was occupied by Chuck Haley before his recent resignation from city council.

Voters were tasked also with two questions on the ballot. A referendum to enact a Level 1 Freeport Exemption to exempt merchandise stored at businesses passed 947 to 568.

Citizens decided 1,047 to 543 to permit and regulate the sale of alcohol by the drink from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. 

All results were unofficial as of press time.