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Low turnout elects our leaders

The Sylvania City Council will have two new members on its board when January arrives as only 193 of 1,547 registered voters in the city cast ballots in the race Tuesday.
Staying on city council will be Tripp Sheppard, who currently serves as the mayor pro tem. Also earning enough votes to become council members were political newcomers Eddie Lovett and Craig Lariscy.
Incumbent Clint Williams came in fourth in the election as just the top three voter-getters will serve in 2018.
Lovett had 170; Sheppard 137; Lariscy 116; and Williams 100.
“I am both honored and humbled by this opportunity to represent and serve the citizens, voters and taxpayers of Sylvania,” Lariscy said. “I want to thank them for their support and vote. I’m truly excited to have the chance to work with the entire Sylvania City Council for the betterment of our residents and our hometown.”
“I appreciate all those who supported me and I want to try to do the very best I can for the city of Sylvania,” Lovett said.

“I am excited to get another chance for another term on city council,” Sheppard said. “The city is moving in a positive direction and I want to keep working hard for the citizens of Screven County and Sylvania.”
In Hiltonia, three council member seats were available with four -- two of whom are incumbents -- on the ballot. Incumbents Jeremy D. Forehand and Bobby C. Mobley are in the race with Laronzo Brooks and Ben Hodges.
Brooks received the least number of votes as Forehand (51), Mobley (63) and Hodges (50) will be on the council in Hiltonia.
Additionally, a special election was held as Shirley Walker faced no opposition.
A referendum question was voted down by the Hiltonia voters by a 50-31 margin.
It question read, “Shall the Town of Hiltonia, Mayor and Council, reinstate collection of property taxes within the corporate limits of the municipality of Hiltonia. This tax is for the purpose of raising revenues to defray the costs of operating the municipal government, and/or providing governmental services, for the repayment of general obligations, and for any other public purpose as determined by the mayor and council in their discretion?”
In Rocky Ford, a general election will be held for the purpose of the election of mayor and three town council members.
Two ran for mayor as Danny Burke lost to incumbent Ken Mel Mock by a 42 to 5 margin. Three are on the ballot for the three council seats – incumbent Drew Dudley, Samantha Forehand and incumbent Willette Mock.