IT’S A FINAL:
City Commission: Jamie Doss, Wendy Davis earn new terms on the Rome City Commission. Randy Quick takes the third seat in Ward 2, replacing Sue Lee.
School board: Re-elected are Elaina Beeman, Faith Collins. Elected (after appointment): Will Byington. Newcomers: John Uldrick, Jill Fisher, Melissa Davis, Alvin Jackson.
SPLOST: Wins with almost 61 percent of the vote. ELOST: Breezes by with two thirds of the votes.
Commissioner Wendy Davis on her re-election: “I am so grateful to be able to serve the City of Rome and its citizens for a second term. I will continue to work on making local government more accessible and responsive to citizens, and welcome conversations with anyone to work together to improve our city. These results demonstrate that Romans agree with the work I’ve done to more our town into a progressive, successful future. I am humbled by this support.”
John Uldrick, newly elected to the Rome Board of Education: “I’m overwhelmed by the show of support I received from old friends and new. I’m also energized by the opportunities that lie ahead for the Rome City School system. It truly is a great system and I look forward to serving alongside the others who have been elected.”
Lou Byars, superintendent of Rome City Schools: “Thank you to the voters of Rome and Floyd County for approving the Education Special Local Option Sales Tax. The extension of this penny tax for education is an investment in the future of every child in Rome and Floyd County. With the excitement and determination toward improving the educational opportunities for the students in Rome City Schools, we will immediately begin working on the approved projects. Additionally, I want to congratulate the candidates who were elected to the Rome Board of Education as well as to the Rome City Commission. I look forward to working with the Board of Education to advance the mission of Rome City Schools and to ensure that every student that graduates from Rome City Schools is prepared for college or work. Rome City Schools is an excellent school district, and I look forward working with our Board and school leaders to make it even better!”
Dr. John Jackson, Floyd County Schools: “Thank you, Rome and Floyd County, for your confidence in us! Thank you on behalf of our students!”
Randy Quick, city commissioner-elect: “Thank you to everyone for your words of encouragement and support. It would truly be an honor to continue my service to this great community as your next Rome city commissioner.”
Will Byington, now elected to the city board of education following his appointment 14 months ago: “I’d like to say thank you to everyone who has supported our campaign throughout this election season. I’m humbled to have been chosen by the voters to continue the great work that has already begun. I’d like to congratulate Elaina and Faith and express how excited I am to continue to work along beside them. I’d also like to congratulate Dr. Davis, Mrs. Fisher, Mr. Jackson and Mr. Uldrick and welcome them to the board. I look forward to working with you as we continue to strive for excellence. Thank you also to Dr. Richard Dixon and to Dale Swann. Thank you for your graciousness and guidance during the time we served together. Dale, the city owes you a tremendous debt of gratitude for almost thirty years of service as a board member. Finally, thank you to all who ran. I hope and trust that you will continue to be involved in the great work that is happening at Rome City Schools. I’m grateful to serve as one of your board members. “
Take-aways from the 2017 election:
Turnout was terrible: 22.5 percent of the registered voters took time Tuesday, over three weeks of advance voting or by absentee voting. That’s 10,962 out of 48,691 who were eligible.
Easy win for education: On the education tax extension, city voters were more than 75 percent in favor vs. 67 percent of county voters. In 2013, the overall vote was 67.1-32.3 percent.
Record yes vote for SPLOST? The SPLOST extension won by a 60-40 percent margin, or by 2,331 votes. In 2013 (tennis center, pet shelter), SPLOST won by an 84-vote margin.
Incumbents went 5-3 on the night. One of three incumbents lost in the City Commission race (Sue Lee); two on the school board (Richard Dixon, Dale Swann). Two other incumbents did not seek new terms on the Rome Board of Education. We thank all those who will not return to office for their service.
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