Republican candidates took the two Glynn County Commission seats that were up for grabs on election day Tuesday.
In the race for the county commission’s At-Large Post 1 seat, Republican David O’Quinn came out on top with 67 percent of the vote, or 20,377 votes. Democrat Julian Smith garnered 33 percent, or 9,853 votes, with 100 percent of precincts reporting according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website. Incumbent Mark Stambaugh was defeated by O’Quinn in the runoff after the May primary elections.
“I’m humbled by the support I received in the general election, and I plan to work hard so that our county continues to grow and prosper. I look forward to serving the citizens of Glynn County,” O’Quinn said.
He also said he was grateful to Smith for being a good opponent in the race.
“I appreciate the race Mr. Smith ran,” O’Quinn said.
Smith, for his part, said he wasn’t surprised.
“That’s not unexpected. This is a Republican county, and the Democrats simply have to keep demonstrating that the Republicans are not doing a good job in this county serving the citizens,” Smith said.
He doesn’t plan to disappear from local politics, however.
“I’m still at-large, I will remain at-large for the next two years, as long as I can be at-large, talking about issues going to meeting, making a nuisance of myself,” Smith said.
In District 3, Republican Wayne Neal will succeed Richard Strickland on the county commission in January. Strickland did not run for re-election. Neal won 72 percent of the vote with 4,120 total.
“Want to thank the voters in District 3 for their support and for all the people that helped me in this campaign, I want to thank them. We want to represent all the people in District 3, and I look forward to working with them,” Neal said.
“I thank Mrs. Baisden for her willingness to run for county commission, and for bringing more people out to vote.”
Democrat Barbara Baisden earned 28 percent of the ballots with 1,586 votes.
“It was a good race. I accepted the challenge, and I wish Mr. Neal the best in his endeavor,” Baisden said.
Republican incumbent Bill Brunson will retain his District 4 seat on the commission, as his Democratic opponent was disqualified early in the race.