GA Election Day 2022: See live election results for Augusta area races – The Augusta Chronicle

Mayor-elect Garnett Johnson cheers at his campaign office as all precincts report the Augusta mayoral race on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Augusta business owner Garnett Johnson defeated former Richmond County tax commissioner Steven Kendrick to win the runoff to be the next Augusta mayor.

“My promise from day one and when I added to this race in that we’re going to change this city in a positive way,” Johnson told his supporters Tuesday night as he thanked them.

“We’ve gotta start repairing some of the relationships from this election because as you know there’s a lot of noise. Your friends that are on the other side, let’s start building a bridge,” Johnson said. ” … because we are one Augusta, regardless of how things looked in this election. Now it’s over. It’s over. Let’s move forward.” 

About 19% of register voters in Richmond County went to the polls Tuesday in Georgia’s primary runoff elections.

Johnson won 53.4% (13,254) to Kendrick’s 46% (11,557) to replace term-limited incumbent Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis Jr.

“We all need to recognize that voters spoke of what they wanted, and what they wanted right now was seeing more of the change message that he had,” Kendrick told supporters at his Central Avenue headquarters.

Kendrick told supporters he wasn’t deterred by his loss but wouldn’t be returning to his post as tax commissioner either. “Let me just go ahead and answer the question … I am not going to be tax commissioner ever again,” he said in his concession speech. “I will continue the work I’ve done with the Development Authority, the Tax Commissioner’s Office and a few other things I have on the horizon as well.”

Kendrick currently serves as deputy tax commissioner. He vacated his elected office earlier this year ahead of the mayoral election.

Stacy Pulliam defeated Von Pouncey in the Augusta Commission District 2 runoff race. In the Super District 10 commission race, former commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle beat incumbent John Clarke.

In Georgia, Charlie Bailey was the declared winner in the lieutenant governor runoff, with 62.7% of the vote over Kwanza Hall with 37.3%.

Bee Nguyen won the Democratic secretary of state runoff and will face incumbent Brad Raffensperger in November.

Janice Laws Robinson defeated Raphael Baker in the Democratic runoff for insurance commissioner, and William Boddie took the runoff win over Nicole Horn for labor commissioner.

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Q&A Part 1:Augusta mayoral runoff candidates Steven Kendrick and Garnett Johnson

Q&A Part 2:Augusta mayoral candidates Steven Kendrick and Garnett Johnson

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