The June 21 elections in Augusta was all about upsets with an incumbent, and other presumed front runners, falling short in the final tally.
Augusta businessman Garnett Johnson edged out former Richmond County Tax Commissioner Steven Kendrick to win a new title: mayor of Augusta.
Early returns showed Kendrick commanding an almost 2% lead; however as more precincts reported, the tide changed, and Johnson ultimately pulled in 53.4% of the vote.
Johnson was not immediately available for comment.
In the Super District 10 race, incumbent John Clarke was no match for the better funded Wayne Guilfoyle who walked away with 56.5% of the vote. Guilfoyle served as a commissioner from 2010 to 2018 and was known for his accessibility. He says that policy will not change.
“I’m ready to work for the people of Districts 3, 6, 7 and 8 and work with the other commissioners to get things accomplished,” Guilfoyle said.
In the District 2 race, Stacey Pulliam trounced Von Pouncey with a commanding near 65% of the vote. Pulliam, a real estate agent, says she is excited to get to work on the commission in January.
“It feels great! God is good, and I am ready to serve and be a voice for my constituents,” Pulliam said.
The turnout for the special runoff election was 19% of total registered voters.