Bo Warren wins the District 1 Walton County election race to replace District 1 Commissioner Tommy Stringer who passed away on Feb. 17 of this year during his term of office. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Warren received 793 votes, giving him 55.85 percent of the vote and enabling him to win without a runoff. Chris Yancey received 324 at 22.82 percent of the vote and with 303 votes, Roger came in at 21.34 percent.
Walton County Chairman Kevin Little said the Republican winner of this primary would be appointed to serve as the District 1 Commissioner prior to the term of the office to begin in January 2018. Incumbent commissioners Lee Bradford and Jeremy Adams qualified unopposed in their Republican primaries for Commission Districts 4 and 5 respectively and neither positions had any primary qualifiers from any other party.
In the Walton County Board of Education races, Brian Krawczyk (Republican) and Simoen Kapers (Democrat) qualified for District 1 to replace current District 1 BOE member Lynn Hill who did not qualify. They will face off in November in the General Election. In the Primary, Republican Karen Brown qualified unopposed for BOE District 2 to replace Incumbent Jeremy Kilburn who also did not qualify. In District 5, the Democratic candidate withdrew leaving only Republican incumbent Thomas Gibson on the ballot.
At the state level, Sen. Burt Jones (R-District 25), Rep. Tom Kirby (R-Loganville), Rep. Bruce Williamson (R-Monroe) and Rep. Brett Harrell (R-Snellville) all qualified unopposed in the primaries, with no Democratic opposition in November. Harrell’s District 106 includes parts of Loganville in Gwinnett County.