COVINGTON — Newton County’s District 3 will have a new representative on the Board of Commissioners after political newcomer Alana Sanders defeated incumbent Nancy Schulz in the Democratic Primary Election Tuesday night.

Sanders received 2,318 votes to Schulz’s 1,640. There were no Republicans in the race.

Schulz, who was known to be a fiscal conservative, was seeking her fourth term in office.

Bryan Fazio, public information officer for Newton County, said vote tabulations were hampered by a larger-than-normal number of absentee ballots. Elections workers worked to count the votes until about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday and then resumed the tabulations at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The tabulations — which are unofficial and incomplete until the election is certified — were submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

In other contested election results:

Superior Court Judge

In the bid for the seat held by retiring Judge Eugene Benton, it appears that Jeffery Foster and Robert Stansfield are headed for a runoff on Aug. 11. Foster received 17,243 (37.32%) votes to Stansfield's 14,740 (31.90%). Candidate Cheveda McCamy came in third with 14,223 (30.78%) votes.

Board of Commissioners, District 1

Catala Hardeman defeated Roy Parham III, 962 to 426, in the Democrat Primary for this seat. Hardeman will now face incubment Republican Stan Edwards in November.

Board of Commissioners, District 5

In a three-way race in the Democratic Primary, no candidate received 50% plus one of the vote. It appears that Dorothy Piedrahita (787 votes, 37.98%) and Casey Durn (653, 31.52%)  will be in the August runoff. Cecil Spencer came in third. (632 votes, 30.5%)

The winner of the runoff will face incumbent Republican Ronnie Cowan in the General Election in November.

Board of Education, District 4

In a three-way race for the seat held by the late Almond Turner, it appears that Anderson Bailey and Jeffrey Johnson are headed for a runoff. Bailey received 42% of the vote (1,061), while Jeffrey Johnson received 35.08% (886). Michael Syphoe finished third with 579 votes.

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I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

(2) comments

Henry S

Looks like that I will not have to vote in the run-of. I probably made a mistake voting in the republican election, which as it turned out was a mistake. But it was impossible to get a printout of the election for either of the parties. What happened there hop better info will be available at the election in November?


Actually, it was pretty easy to see a sample ballot. I wanted to study candidates before I voted. I just did a simple google search and the ballot popped up.

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