Kris Stancil said he wants to make upright decisions and bring the community together for common goals.
He will take the helm as the new chairman for the Pickens County Board of Commissioners. Tuesday’s win against independent candidate David Shouse brought a two-year campaign to close.
“It feels like it’s gone on and on forever,” said Stancil to a group who gathered downtown to watch the election results come in with him. Most wore campaign shirts and cheered when the numbers posted around 11 p.m.
Stancil said the victory was “humbling.”
He ran on the platform of aligning Pickens County with goals set out in two comprehensive plans. Those issues include helping animal control and the animal shelter.
“I think so much has been talked about who is on the left and who is on the right and I think it really should be who is upright,” he said, speaking to the crowd. “That’s why I need you. I need you to challenge everything I do. Hold me to the standard that is upright.”
Stancil claimed 11,929 votes, or 72.59-percent with Shouse taking 4,504
votes, or 27.41-percent. There are 23,766 register voters in Pickens County and according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website, 17,172 ballots were cast, netting 72.25-percent. In the chairman’s race, 16,433 votes were cast.
Stancil will take the reins from current Chairman of the Pickens County Board of Commissioner, Rob Jones. Jones who has served for 16 years, the first eight as sole commissioner and the last half of his career as the chairman with Becky Denney and Jerry Barnes serving as board members.
“Sheriff, I need to tender my resignation for Dec. 31. It’s been an incredible ride for the last twelve years,” he told Sheriff Donnie Craig while the crowd laughed.
Republican Kristopher “Kris” Stancil beat out Independent candidate David Shouse in the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners race Tuesday night.
Stancil had 10,919 votes in the chairman race, while Shouse came in with 3,997 at around 11 p.m. on Election Day. Total votes cast were 14,916, although mail-in ballots had not been accounted for. The county had as of Friday, 2,404 mail-in ballots with more coming in before Tuesday’s election.
Pickens had several races impacting them and most were called on Tuesday night, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.
In other elections, Rick Jasperse (R) had 21,563 votes and Kayla Hollified (D) took 3,729 votes for State House District 11.
In the U.S. Senate race, David A. Perdue (I) won with 2,258,799. Jon Ossoff (D) had 1,942,573 and Shane Hazel (Lib) had 99,956. In Pickens County, Perdue had 12,865 votes, Ossoff 2,114 votes, and Hazel 385.
The Special election to fill Johnny Isakson’s vacated seat-currently held by Kelly Loeffler(R), will head to a run-off as none of the 20+ candidates received the require 50-percent-plus-one vote to claim victory. In Pickens County, Doug Collins (R) had 6,684 to Loeffler’s 5,524. However, Collins placed behind Loffler and Raphael Warnock (D) overall. Loeffler has 1,162,101 statewide votes, Warnock 1,304,363 and Collins 906,858.
Marjorie Taylor Greene (R) received 207,236 votes to officially claim the U.S, House District 14th seat, although Kevin Van Ausdal (D), who bowed out of race due to moving out of district, received 70,384. In Pickens, Greene had 4,851 votes to Van Ausdal’s 613.
For the U.S. House District 9, Andrew Clyde (Rep) obtained 284,253 while Devin Pandy (D) took 74,388. In Pickens, Clyde had 8,090 votes and Pandy 1,450 votes.
In State Senate District 51, incumbent Steve Gooch (R) had 81,567 votes while June Krise (D) took votes. In Pickens, Gooch had 7,599 votes and Krise 1,387 votes.