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Tuesday February 9th, 2016 3:50PM

Down to the wire for candidates in Hall BOE District 2 race

By B.J. Williams News Director
GAINESVILLE - Hall County Elections Director Charlotte Sosebee said it may be Friday before she knows if there will be a runoff necessary in the Hall County Board of Education District 2 race.

Incumbent Brian Sloan finished Tuesday night's election with exactly 50-percent of the vote; he needs 50-percent plus one to win the election outright, according to Sosebee.

If a runoff is needed, then it appears Mark Pettit will challenge Sloan. Pettit finished second in the three candidate race, squeaking by Dr. Traci McBride by just three votes.

Speaking on WDUN Tuesday night, Sosebee said her office needs to count provisional ballots to determine if there will be a winner in the race or if the runoff will become necessary. In the past, said Sosebee, her office has had to count as many as 100 provisional ballots, although she said there was no way to know yet how many provisional ballots would be involved in Tuesday's race.

Incumbent Thompson easily wins at-large BOE post

While fellow Board of Education member Sloan will have to wait to see what his fate is, incumbent BOE member Bill Thompson won the at-large post for Hall County Schools by a comfortable margin.

Thompson defeated Republican challenger Paul Wayne Godfrey, garnering 63-percent of the vote to Godfrey's 37-percent. Thompson faces no opposition in the fall.
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