December 4, 2021

Local BOC winners thankful for support

(Franklin, GA) — Much will remain the same in Heard County politics following Tuesday night’s Primary/Non-Partisan Election results with the exception of Heard County adding one new district commissioner.

David Walls (District 5 Winner)

Newcomer candidate David R. Walls will take over the District 5 Board of Commissioners seat after defeating the more experienced candidate Larry Pike by a final tally of 129-90 in the Republican Primary.

Walls will take over for Joe Adams who did not seek re-election to the position.

Walls was thankful for the support of the voters in his district which covers primarily the western portion of the county.

“I appreciate everyone’s support especially the voters in District 5 and everyone else in the county that helped support me and get me elected,” said Walls after the votes were counted. “I appreciate Larry Pike’s hard work during this campaign and look forward to hearing his input as I serve on the board.”

Walls added that he would also like to receive input from Joe Adams as well following his transition into office next January.

The closest Republican race of the night came in District 2 where incumbent Keri Denney held on to her BOC seat with a narrow winning margin of 178-142 over first time candidate James Perry.

“I just want to give a big thank you to everyone that voted for me. I am honored to have the chance to serve you for another term,” said Denney after the primary. “I also want to say thank you to my opponent James Perry for a good race, and your willingness to serve.”

Keri Denney (District 2 Winner)

In the only other contested race, incumbent Chad Wood maintained his District 1 seat on the Heard County School board by defeating David Marsh 116-44.

Larry Hammond retained his District 4 seat on the BOC after running unopposed as did Roger Harrod (District 3) and Ashley Awbrey (District 5) on the school board.

The only other major issue on the ballot was a SPLOST referendum which passed by a vote of 872-383.

The overall voter turnout county-wide was low with only 20.23% of the registered voters participating. The highest voter turnout was in the Centralhatchee precinct at 27.99%.

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