Newton County Sheriff Ezell Brown won a fourth term in office in Tuesday night’s General Election balloting, defeating Republican challenger Ken Malcom with 30,102 votes to Malcom’s 23,497.
Republican Tax Commissioner Dana Darby lost to Democrat Marcus Jordan, the current Newton County Chief Tax Assessor. Jordan garnered 28,436 votes to Darby’s 24,863.
Democratic newcomer Dorothea Bailey-Butts defeated Republican Coroner Tommy Davis. Davis only received 25,253 votes, while Bailey-Butts received 27,995.
Board of Commissioners District Races
Both Republicans held their seats.
In District 1, Stan Edwards won 71% of the vote — 7,884 to 3,190.
In District 5, Ronnie Cowan won with 60% of the vote — 6,710 to 4,479.
A referendum calling for a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for transportation was turned down by Newton County voters with 27,905 “no” votes to 23,226 “yes” votes.
All vote totals are considered unofficial until the election results are certified by the Board of Elections.
Sources: Alice Queen, Editor of the Rockdale Citizen.