The November General Election picture was made much clearer Tuesday night as a couple of local political candidates defeated opponents in the Democratic Primary.

Quentin T. Howell won big over his challenger, Nincoe Byrd, for the Georgia House of Representative 145th District seat.

Howell, a well-known businessman who has sought this particular office three different times, garnered a total of 3,467 votes to Byrd’s 1,205 votes, according to unofficial election returns released Tuesday night by Baldwin County Probate Judge and Elections Superintendent Todd A. Blackwell.

Howell will now go on to face incumbent state Rep. Rick Williams, (R-Milledgeville) in the November General Election.

In a separate race, Kendrick B. Butts ran unopposed on the Democratic ticket for the District 2 seat on the Baldwin County Board of Commissioners. The seat is currently held by Commissioner Tommy French, who serves as vice-chairman of the five-member panel. French decided not to seek re-election and since Butts does not face any Republican opposition in November, he is now a commissioner-elect.

French’s term ends Dec. 31.

Another race, meanwhile, saw Dr. Kelvin T. Butts, no relation to Kendrick B. Butts, win the Democratic Primary District 5 seat for county commissioner. Dr. Butts defeated Amy Burt for the right to face to Republican incumbent Commissioners Johnny Westmoreland in the November General Election.

Dr. Butts collected a total of 587 votes to Burt’s 463 votes, according to unofficial election returns Tuesday night.

Voters also approved the renewal of a five-year Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST) in Baldwin County.  

A total of 6,817 voted yes for the referendum, while a total of 2,136 voters cast no votes against it.

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