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Runoff elections: Decisions made in southwest Ga.

The votes are in for south Georgia run off elections. (Source: WALB) The votes are in for south Georgia run off elections. (Source: WALB)
The races were heated in Terrell County for the sheriff and tax commissioner positions. (Source: WALB) The races were heated in Terrell County for the sheriff and tax commissioner positions. (Source: WALB)
Carolyn Williams (Source: WALB) Carolyn Williams (Source: WALB)
Victoria Johnson (Source: WALB) Victoria Johnson (Source: WALB)
(WALB) -

Tuesday was runoff election day in Terrell and Lee County.

The races were heated in Terrell County for the sheriff and tax commissioner positions, however election officials say the turnout for the Probate Court judge in Lee County was disappointing. 

Terrell County:  

Terrell County had more advanced voters in this runoff than the election back in May. 

Election supervisor Carolyn Williams said that this is an important race. 

She said candidates have really excited the community. 

"I'm happy with it. We have never had a run-off election with the turnout we have received now. I am happy the voters are exercising their right," said Williams.

In the race for sheriff, Incumbent John Bowens won the election, with 59.45 percent of the votes, while James Driver grabbed 40.55 percent of the ballots counted.

And for the tax commissioner race, Ellen Harnage won against Darlene Paul in a close race of  53.61 to 46.39 percent of the votes. 

Lee County:

In Lee, voter turnout was lacking. 

Overall, there were 625 people who showed up for early voting, but Tuesday was slow, something Election Supervisor Victoria Johnson wasn't too pleased about.

"It's really sad that we have so many people that spend their time helping get prepared for the election and take the day off work or volunteer to help run the polls. We need everyone to come see us. I mean we really need everybody to come vote," said Johnson.

Melanie Gahring won in the race for the Probate Court judge position with 51.29 percent of the votes while Miles O'Quinn received 48.71 percent of the votes.

Crisp County:

In the Crisp County Probate Court runoff, Amber Holloway beat Allen Ellenberg with a 53.03 to 46.97 percent vote.

Holloway will face Democrat Harry Fox in November.

Seminole County:

And in a race for Probate Court judge in Seminole County Michael Rogerson beat Debbie Womble with a 53.57 to 46.43 percent vote.

South Georgia Circuit:

Dougherty Assistant DA Heather Lanier won a runoff against Ryan Cleveland for a Superior Court Judgeship.

It's in the South Georgia Circuit that covers Baker, Calhoun, Decatur, Grady and Mitchell counties.

Lanier took 55.3 percent of the votes while Cleveland received 44.7 percent.  

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