Swainsboro’s new administration is now finalized. Voters in Ward 1 have effectively elected DJ Davis as their new representative.
Davis won with 78 votes to Sue Bragg’s 38 votes, according to the Emanuel County Elections Office around 7:35 p.m. on Tuesday night.
The election began with early voting November 22-24 and culminated with Election Day on November 30.
Following the victory, Davis provided a quote to The Chronicle.
“Thank you, Swainsboro, for not just showing up once but showing up twice,” he said. “I’m ready to serve out city well and move us forward with faith and dignity. Now, let’s get to work!.”
This race fills the unexpired term of former councilperson Ricky Stevens, who was removed from council earlier this year.
Three individuals initially qualified for the race: Davis and Bragg as well as Luis Machado. None of the contenders amassed the required 50 percent plus 1 vote quota in the general/special election held November 3, constituting the runoff between the two with the highest amount of votes at the time.
This is the last piece of the municipal election puzzle required to give an accurate, up-to-date look at what the City of Swainsboro’s newly elected leadership will be.
In January, the roundtable will change. Greg Bennett replaces longtime mayor Charles Schwabe at the head.
Davis will be sworn into office to represent Ward 1. Greg Quarterman, having no opposition, will swap places with longtime Ward 6 councilperson Rita Faulkner.
Johnny Ray Stafford retained his seat in the November 3 election and will continue to serve Ward 3, downing challenger K.E. McNeal.
Bobbie Collins was the sole qualifier for Ward 4 and will retain her seat as well.
Swainsboro City Council will next meet December 6 at 6 p.m. at city hall. Davis could be sworn in as early as this week.