In Coweta, BoE’s Dees, Mullin re-elected with newcomer Menk

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Coweta County voters in local contested races on May 20 chose incumbents Amy Dees and Harry Mullins and first-time candidate Linda Menk in the county’s three contested races for seats on the Coweta County Board of Education. Votes tallied countywide showed a 14.81 percent voter turnout.

The District 1 race featured incumbent Amy Dees and challenger Monica Terrell. Dees took 66.67 percent of the vote compared to 31.75 percent for Terrell.

The District 3 race saw incumbent Harry Mullins squaring off against challenger Jan Horne. Mullins ended the night with 59.59 percent of the vote while Horne took 39.99 percent.

The District 4 race had incumbent Graylin Ward pitted against challenger Linda Menk. It was Menk who prevailed with 57.57 percent of the vote compared to 41.88 percent for Ward.

The contest for State School Superintendent saw Coweta voters in the Republican primary preferring former Fayette County Board of Education member Mary Kay Bacallao with 20.40 percent, with Michael Buck coming in second with 19.67 percent of the vote. Statewide, Buck finished ahead of the pack of nine candidates with 19.62 percent of the vote with Bacallao coming in third with 15.35 percent.

The Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat ended with David Perdue taking 39.77 percent of Coweta votes in a field of seven candidates and Michelle Nunn amassing 79.7 percent of the votes in the Democratic primary. Statewide, Perdue took 30.56 percent of the Republican vote with Jack Kingston in second place with 25.96 percent. The Democratic primary had Nunn with 75.33 percent and Steen Miles following a distant second with 11.05 percent of the vote.

In the race for governor, Coweta Republicans favored Gov. Nathan Deal with 67.17 percent of the vote. Deal will face Democrat Jason Carter in November.

And in the 3rd Congressional district seat, Coweta voters gave the nod to incumbent Lynn Westmoreland who received 66.03 percent of the vote compared to 33.97 percent garnered by challenger Chip Flanegan. Across the district, the contest went to Westmoreland with 69.47 percent of the vote.

Countywide, a total of 10,532 ballots were cast out of Coweta’s 71,112 registered voters, representing a 14.81 percent turnout.