FANNIN, Ga. — After almost a month of voting, the polls for the Blue Ridge City Council election closed today, Nov. 2, 2021 at 7 p.m. This election has been called one of the most important in Blue Ridge history and comes at a time of heightened worry about the future of the city.
For months, both citizens and candidates have made their voices heard on what they consider serious issues for the city. Now, the citizens of Blue Ridge have chosen who will serve on city council to tackle those issues.
Although the results are not yet certified, the poll workers announced their tallies to the public. The results of the election were announced at 10:41 p.m. on Nov. 2, 2021.
Rhonda Haight has won the title of Mayor of Blue Ridge. She will replace Donna Whitener, an incumbent of 12 years. Haight’s term is four years.
Rhonda Haight – 234 votes
Donna Whitener – 196 votes
Jack Taylor has won the Post 1 seat. He will replace incumbent Harold Herndon. His term is two years.
Jack Taylor – 250 votes
Harold Herndon – 168 votes
Angie Arp has won the Post 2 seat. She will replace Rhonda Haight. Mike Panter, the Post 3 incumbent, was her challenger. Her term is four years.
Angie Arp: 223 votes
Mike Panter: 211 votes
Christy Kay has won the Post 3 seat. She will replace Mike Panter. Her challenger was Brian Higgins. Her term is two years.
Christy Kay: 233 votes
Brian Higgins: 194 votes
Bill Whaley has won the Post 4 seat. He will replace Robbie Cornelius. Whaley had two challengers, Richard Arnold and Jacqueline Brown. His term is four years.
Bill Whaley: 207 votes
Jacqueline Brown: 157 votes
Richard Arnold: 63 votes
Bill Bivins has won the Post 5 seat. He will replace incumbent Nathan Fitts. His term is 2 years.
Bill Bivins: 261 votes
Nathan: 172 votes