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Apathy = Paulding County Election Results

If one word could sum up the 2018 Paulding County primary it would start with an A. No, not that word. The word would be apathy. Compared to Cobb County’s paltry voter turnout of 17%, Paulding’s 15% doesn’t look that bad. However, the argument could be made that Cobb doesn’t face the same kind of issues that Paulding does. With issues like the other A word, infrastructure, taxes, and the county’s future in terms of economic development, one would think Paulding’s turnout would be higher. One would be wrong.

Here’s how the voter turnout ended up, and the results of the most discussed and debated races. For a full list of the voter turnout for Paulding, click here.

Paulding’s total registered voters – 97,172

Ballots cast – 15,369

Paulding County’s turnout – 15.38%

 

House District 17

Total voters – 36,994

Ballots cast – 5,919

HD 17’s turnout – 16.00%

Republican – 13.50%

Momtahan – 51.89% (2,593 votes)

Barnett – 48.11% (2,404 votes)

Democrat – 2.50%

Meers – 100% (922)

Momtahan will run against Meers in the general election on November 6, 2018.

House District 19

Total voters – 37,860

Ballots cast – 5,099

HD 19’s turnout – 13.47%

Republican – 9.60%

Rakestraw – 43.99% (1,599 votes)

Gullett – 31.66% (1,151 votes)

Dobbs – 24.35% (885 votes)

Democrat – 3.87%

Feliciano – 65.64% (961 votes)

Sims – 34.36% (503 votes)

Rakestraw and Gullett will run against each other in a July 24, 2018 runoff for the Republican spot. Felicano will face the winner of that runoff in the general election on November 6, 2018.

BOC Post 2

Total voters – 21,684

Ballots cast – 2,580

Post 2 turnout – 11.90%

Republican

Pownall – 47.09% (1,215 votes)

Kaecher – 28.60% (738 votes)

Pullen – 24.30% (627 votes)

Pownall and Kaecher will run against each other in a July 24, 2018 runoff for the Republican spot. Whoever wins the runoff will run unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2018.

BOC Post 3

Total voters – 23,626

Ballots cast – 3,279

Post 3 turnout – 13.88%

Republican – 9.51%

Hart – 54.70% (1,229 votes)

Collett – 45.30% (1,018 votes)

Democrat – 4.37%

Madric-Morris – 100% (1,032 votes)

Hart will run against Madric-Morris in the general election on November 6, 2018.

BOC Post 4

Total voters – 27,836

Ballots cast – 3,849

Post 4 turnout – 13.83%

Republican

Crowe – 35.28% (1,358 votes)

Stover – 35.23% (1,356 votes)

Boles – 21.20% (816 votes)

Ashworth – 8.29% (319 votes)

Crowe and Stover will run against each other in a July 24, 2018 runoff for the Republican spot. Whoever wins the runoff will run unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2018.

BOE District 5

Total voters – 97,172

Ballots cast – 13,188

BOE D5 turnout – 13.57%

Republican – 10.25%

Dean – 43.17% (4,300 votes)

Sowar – 41.49% (4,132 votes)

Whalen – 15.34% (1,528 votes)

Democrat – 3.32%

Belanger – 100% (3,228 votes)

Dean and Sowar will run against each other in a July 24, 2018 runoff for the Republican spot. Belanger will face the winner of that runoff in the general election on November 6, 2018.

BOE District 6

Total voters – 97,172

Ballots cast – 13,069

BOE D6 turnout – 13.45%

Republican – 10.25%

Anavitarte – 46.92% (4,674 votes)

Nolan – 31.98% (3,186 votes)

Fehlinger – 21.09% (2,101 votes)

Democrat – 3.20%

Charles – 100% (3,108 votes)

Anavitarte and Nolan will run against each other in a July 24, 2018 runoff for the Republican spot. Charles will face the winner of that runoff in the general election on November 6, 2018.

Jason Kitchen was born and raised in Marietta, GA. He graduated from Osborne High School. He’s an ardent sports fan. He’s the father of 3 children and lives with his wife and son in Dallas, Ga

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  1. Dan Boles

    May 24, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    I have never understood the apathy myself. Voting, especially at the local level, is the heartbeat of America’s democratic republic. It is literally what makes our country distinct. Our vote is our voice. Personally, while I’m happy to see the needled moved upward in Post 4 compared to previous turnouts, I’m still quite surprised at just how low it really was. I was hoping we would break into at least 5,000 ballots cast territory. That would be approx. 18% of the registered voters, and would’ve been at least on par with neighboring Cobb County’s average turnout. It is what it is; I will be studying these numbers for the next couple weeks and analyzing the result in great depth. I may not have won my primary, or managed to make it into the runoff, but I will continue to be involved. This story isn’t over…

    And to all the 816 people who voted for me and put their trust in me, thank you. I’ll be back. 😉

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