Greathouse wins Dist. 4 Special Election

Larry Stanford Editor

September 20, 2013

Don Greathouse will spend the next three months learning how to represent the citizens of District 4 in the City of Thomaston. Greathouse won the special election Tuesday to fill the remaining term of the late Wallace Rhodes, defeating Tempy Hoyal 92-48.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank all of my supporters and those who voted for me last Tuesday in the Thomaston District 4 City Election,” Greathouse said in a written statement released to the news media Wednesday. “I further want to thank everyone for taking time out of their day to embrace their privilege to vote.

“I am ready to serve this great community in which I was raised. My goals are increasing cooperation between the city, county, state, and federal governments; increasing two-way communications between the citizens and the government; and attracting new industry and businesses to our city and county.

“I want to be a councilman who will make Coach Rhodes proud and continue his legacy on the city council,” continued Greathouse. “A lot of work still needs to be done and I want to be one of those who lead this city into future prosperity. I encourage all registered voters to get out and do their civic duty by voting in the November 5 general election.”

While Greathouse will be sworn into office at the October 1, 2013 Thomaston City Council meeting, it will just be to serve the remaining three months of Rhodes’ term. Greathouse has already qualified to run for what will now be re-election to the District 4 seat in the Nov. 5 general election, and faces opposition from the same opponent he faced in the special election – Tempy Hoyal.

Only 10 percent of the registered voters in District 4 – 140 out of 1,376 – cast ballots in the special election. Greathouse won with 92 votes, or 65.71 percent, to Hoyal’s 48, or 34.29 percent. Early voting was held the week before the election, with 60 people coming in early to vote, and three ballots being mailed out. On election day, Sept. 17, 77 people cast their ballots.