Incumbent Commission Chairman Charles Bannister told me Saturday he would win without a runoff and he just might. With 99.4% of the vote Bannister leads Lorraine Green 49.36% to 40.46%. There are still some absentee ballots to be counted but I hear the Green camp feels confident those votes will break her way.
Commission District 1 will also have a runoff. Former Duluth Mayor Shirley Lassiter leads while businessman Bruce Levell clings to a 15 vote lead over former Suwanee Councilwoman Carol Hassell. Some absentees are still to be counted in this race as well.
Commission District 3 saw Mike Beaudreau put a serious hurt on Doug Stacks 69.20% – 30.80%. As I’ve mentioned before I managed Mike’s campaign. Perhaps I’ll have more to say on this tomorrow if Stacks behaved as I hear he behaved tonight.
Bobby Reese (R House 98) easily defeated David Hancock 66% – 34% while Renee Unterman (R Senate 45) whopped up on Peggy Armstrong 62% – 38%. Armstrong ran a dirty, filthy, personal race, calling Unterman everything but a Lady. I take great delight in Armstrong’s drubbing.