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Reid staying on Eatonton City Council

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In the only race of the 2021 election season in Eatonton, incumbent Janie Butts Reid retained her Ward 3 seat on the Eatonton City Council.

After three sets of votes were tallied and announced separately at Eatonton’s city polling place, The Hut, Tuesday, Reid was the winner over challenger Karen Henry-Garrett. Reid received 207 of the 299 votes (69.2 percent) cast either early, absentee or on Tuesday.

Election results become official when they are certified, and elections supervisor Maria Jimenez said that will need to be done by Monday.

In all, four of the Eatonton City Council seats were up for re-election in 2021, but Ward 3 was the only contested race.

In advance voting, Reid had 95 votes to 22 for Henry-Garrett. The Election Day votes were a little closer but still well in favor of Reid, 86 to 56. The absentee votes, which were opened after polls closed Tuesday, totaled 40 in all, 26 for Reid.

Mylle Mangum qualified for the Ward 1 seat that is held by her husband William C. Magnum, who chose not to run for re-election. Wards 2 and 4 were unopposed and they are held respectively by James Gorley and Teresa Doster.

Putnam County’s voters were asked to decide on the renewal of a Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (T-SPLOST). This is a one-percent sales tax on all purchases in Putnam County with revenue earmarked for road paving and striping projects. The question passed with 504 yes votes to 319 no, a margin of 61.2 percent. Turnout in that election was only 5.04 percent.