2017-11-08 / Front Page

Williams, Davis, Oliver win; runoff will determine Sardis mayor


Willie "Roy" Williams Willie "Roy" Williams While some incumbents held their ground, newcomers uprooted others following Election Day in Burke County.

Declared winners of local government seats across the county include Willie “Roy” Williams, Linda Wilkes-Davis and Rolene Oliver.

Williams won by a landslide for the Ward III post in the City of Waynesboro. He racked up 77.42 percent of the vote with 216 residents choosing to re-elect the incumbent. His challengers, Doris Green Tongo and Portia Washington, had 54 votes (19.35 percent) and 9 votes ( 3.2 percent), respectively.

Voter turnout was low. Of the 3,070 registered voters, only 337 ballots (just over 10 percent) were cast, including 194 absentee ballots. Ward III, the only contested race, had just 279 (28.1 percent) of its 993 voters participate in this election.

In Sardis, incumbent councilwoman Donnie Hickman, who has held her position for the last 18 years, lost the race to Oliver, who had 111 votes to her 36. Also in the race were Cindy Bell Herring, who had 29 votes, and Geneva Wilkerson, with 15 votes.

Linda Wilkes-Davis Linda Wilkes-Davis There will be a runoff election between incumbent mayor Preston Conner and challenger Carol Edmonds on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Conner pulled 94 votes, but Edmonds was right behind him with 87. Mayoral candidate Lee Chance had 19 votes.

There were 202 total votes in Sardis, 53 of which were absentee. That’s 37.55 percent of the city’s 538 active voters.

Over in Keysville, incumbent mayor Linda Wilkes-Davis will serve another term after snagging 61.22 percent of the votes. She garnered 60 while Harold Kight had 38. Of the 98 total votes cast in Keysville, 31 were absentee. Fifty-seven percent of Keysville voters turned out for the election.

Rolene Oliver Rolene Oliver

Carol Edmunds Carol Edmunds

Preston Conner Preston Conner

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