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Garnett Johnson wins Augusta mayoral election



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.

Runoff election victory party for Garnett Johnson. Photo courtesy of Matt Aitken.

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.

Mayor Hardie Davis Jr., and former Richmond County Commissioner Marion Williams chat on election night at Garnett Johnson’s campaign headquarters. Photo by Matt Aiken.

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.


  1. Congratulations Mayor Johnson, I concur with Mr. Wylds comment, stay true. Just do the right thing and don’t follow in the same footsteps as our former mayor. That will get you in trouble. And hopefully you want have a need to go on secret missions.

  2. I hope and pray this marks a new beginning of a trend towards public servants and not slick politicians. The citizens will be holding you accountable. Please don’t let us down. Congratulations to all the winners!

  3. Lawdie me, I never thought I’d see the day when the minority community would help elect a smart black man that will be for the good of all the people. Congratulations Mr. Johnson you have a lot of changes to make, but I know you can. Also congratulations to Wayne Guilfoyle.

    • Perfectly said. It was wonderful last night for Deb and I to be at Mayor elect Johnson’s headquarters, an abandoned fast food restaurant in south Augusta. The entire place inside and out was filled with regular folks, no slick, no suits in the corner just regular folks. This is a good man doing this for all the right reasons. If you did not vote for him please give him a chance. My favorite part of one of his TV interviews was when he mentioned an invitation by the outgoing mayor to come to the mayors office. In true understated Garnett fashion he said “believe it or not I’ve never been to the Mayors office…” Ahhhh I feel better already !!!!!

  4. Hopefully at least the Mayors office will become more fiscal and an investigation will be done on the waste of money spent out of its office these last four years. Guessing some folks there need to start looking for another job.

  5. Finally a Mayor for the people. But I do have so many questions. Wonder if the now tax commissioner will get another severance package when and if changing jobs? What will happen if he decides he likes the view where he’s at?Wonder what will happen to Davis’ SUV? Will Regency Mall still get that awesome makeover Kendrick was running on? Will My Brother Keeper really be My BrotherS Keeper or will it stay My Mayors Keeper ? Will Augusta’s Mayor still need to take trips to places like Quatar? Will Davis hire someone to keep up with receipts for his new job? Will the Mayors PayPal account be closed? Will all the credit card accounts be canceled and new issued to the new Mayor? Will Johnson request a forensic audit? Questions questions questions.

  6. Ronnie Mullis … you confuse me…who are the minority citizens in Augusta …the ones who put new Mayor Johnson over the top…..to me the minority citizens are per Fed Census the white population who make up about only 35% if city citizens….

    • You’re right Doug, white people are the minority in Augusta but this is one of the very few times that black people voted with white to elect the best candidate. I know that blacks are thirteen percent of the population and control at least ninety five of the Augusta Government but hopefully that won’t matter after this election.

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