By the narrowest of margins, incumbent Jerry Barnes retained his seat as the District 1 commissioner in Tuesday’s GOP primary runoff.
Barnes defeated Amberle Godfrey 835 to 827, an eight vote margin, giving him a razor slim 50.2 percent of the ballots cast.
“That is something else,” Barnes exclaimed, when the tally was announced at the county’s election office.
Once he had regained his composure, Barnes said he had thought it would be close with third candidate Bart Connelly “throwing his hat in with [Godfrey].”
“I really had no idea what the outcome would be,” he said. “I’m just glad the good Lord took care of us,” he said.
Barnes said he had worked hard to be sure his supporters turned out.
In a phone interview, Godfrey said she wanted to congratulate Jerry, thank all her supporters and promised to keep working for the county.”
“I will keep working to move the county ahead,” she said.
The District 1 seat represents the western, and some of the south area, of Pickens County. There is no Democratic opposition, so Barnes will keep the seat without a November challenge.