Chris Cohilas, Dougherty County Commission Chairman
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
The County Commission will look much different next year. Two commissioners stepped down and one longtime incumbent lost tonight.
One of the commissioners who stepped down, Gloria Gaines, lost her bid for the chairmanship. Chris Cohilas won the race with 54% of the vote.
It was a tight race and a close victory for Chris Cohilas who won by 113 votes. Gloria Gaines says she has not decided if she will ask for a recount. Cohilas says it's time to get to work and bring jobs to the County.
Supporters rallied behind him this evening at Café 230 downtown wearing Cohilas t-shirts. Cohilas thanked his supporters and campaign workers. Meanwhile, former County Commissioner Gloria Gaines says she will continue serving Dougherty County and will help Cohilas however she can.
"I think Dougherty County has spoken with a strong voice and they want progress. We had a great campaign it was positive. We ran it that way from the very beginning it was a message that the citizens wanted to hear, and now we need to get to work," said Chris Cohilas.
"It's always an honor to serve the folks of Dougherty County. I served them for six years. I enjoyed those six years, I hope I did some good. And I hope that I can continue to do some good in this community," said Gloria Gaines.
Cohilas will replace outgoing County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard who took office in 2003. There is no Republican opposition in the race, so Cohilas will take office in January.