Larry Stanford Editor
November 8, 2013
Just like he did two months ago in a special election, Don Greathouse defeated Tempe Hoyal in the General Election Tuesday to win a four-year term as the District 4 Councilmember in the City of Thomaston.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank all the voters who cast their ballots in the 2013 General Election for allowing me the opportunity to continue working with the city council,” Greathouse said Wednesday afternoon The key is working together to resolve important issues at hand in Thomaston and Upson County. A spirit of cooperation is crucial in the process of implementing a strategic plan that will determine how much it is going to cost, who is going to pay the costs, and what other sources of revenue are available. We, as citizens, need to all take on the mantle of responsibility and remember this great community is home to each of us and we all have the right to stand up and have a voice. I was elected to be your voice of concern and I am ready to serve my district to the best of my ability. Again, my family and I appreciate all of your support during this election term.”
A few more voters turned out for the District 4 election Tuesday than they did in the September special election. Greathouse won with 114 votes Tuesday, versus the 92 votes he had in September, while Hoyal finished with 50 votes Tuesday, versus 48 in September. Still, out of 1,376 registered voters in District 4, only 12 percent cast ballots.
That increase may have come through people also coming in to vote for Mayor Pro Tem, the only other election on the ballot. Incumbent Doug Head had no opposition in the race, and still collected 191 city-wide votes, with two other write-in votes.
A total of 210 voters cast ballots. Of that 210, 74 voted in person on Tuesday, there were nine absentee ballots turned in, and 127 people cast their vote during the early voting period last week. With 5,407 registered voters in the city, that means that only 3.9 percent voted Tuesday.
Greathouse was sworn in the first of October to fill the remaining three months in the term of the late Wallace Rhodes. He and Head will be sworn into their new terms of office in early January 2014.