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Tifton votes for mayor

November 4, 2003

Tifton- Both candidates in the Tifton mayor's race made the most of the last few campaigning hours. On one side of the street incumbent Paul Johnson...

"The response has been tremendous. We've had some drizzling rain, but what a thrill it is to stand out here and see those workers that have been putting up signs, saying a good word as they come by and great us and encourage us," says incumbent Paul Johnson.

...and just a few feet away, his challenger Billy Sherrard.

"We're excited about running for the office. The mayor and his wife and I are all friends. We all live in a town of 16,000 people. There's not point in creating enemies. We just have two different concepts of how things ought to be done," says Billy Sherrard.

Tifton voters waisted no time choosing their next mayor. In the first three hours of the election, more than 300 had cast ballots.

"Four years ago when we had the same election we had about 20% turnout, so that's about what I'm expecting today," says election superintendent, Carla Cooper.

Some even had to brave electronic voting machines for the first time, but that didn't stop them from taking part in the election.

"We have to recognize this is here, and we have to either learn it or be without," says Evelyn Edwards.

The mayor's race is the only contested race on the ballot.

Posted at 4:30 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com

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