Green wins school board; Raffield wins Jasper council; Runoff for commission; Senior exemption stays as is
Tucker Green wins school board.
Voters in Pickens County decided that with senior tax exemptions, the status quo is just fine. Option 1, no change, took about 400 more votes (2,648 to 2,274), winning with roughly 54 percent in the combined Republican and Democrat straw poll results. (Final vote totals were delayed by a problem with a voting machine card in Ludville and could change very slightly, but not enough to affect any outcome.)
In the contested races:
• Political newcomer Tucker Green, a college student, won a seat on the school board, handily defeating incumbent Byron Long 2,626 to 1,392.
• Voters in the west side will see a runoff in the commission race with incumbent Jerry Barnes taking almost 48 percent of the vote against two rivals; A strong showing but not enough to avoid a runoff with Amberle Johnson Godfrey. Godfrey finished second with 29 percent of the vote.
• In the city of Jasper, Kirk Raffield defeated Doug Patterson by ten votes, 272 to 262.
Following the results, Tucker Green cited his straightforward approach with voters as leading to his election. “I am a genuine person,” he said. “What you see is what you get.”
Both city council candidates were on hand at the county election office when the results were announced, shaking hands and speaking for a few minutes. Patterson pledged to help Raffield when he takes office and Raffield thanked his opponent for a clean race.
“We both had a common goal to make the city a better place,” Raffield said. He attributed his victory to door-to-door campaigning.
Incumbent Jerry Barnes said he was excited by the support and will increase his campaign efforts for the runoff.