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May 20, 2014

Davis, Robbins headed to runoff in commissioner race

Whitfield County voters narrowed the field of candidates for Board of Commissioners District 1 on Tuesday. But the race will go to a July 22 runoff to decide a winner.

Renee Davis and Barry Robbins finished first and second respectively in a four-way Republican primary, but neither gained a majority of the vote, so they will face each other in the runoff. No Democrats qualified for the seat.

The Whitfield County Board of Elections website showed Davis with 1,674 votes (29.62 percent), while Robbins had 1,624 votes (28.73 percent). Cody Holloway had 1,122 votes (19.85 percent) and Nicky Starling had 1,232 votes (21.8 percent).

That count is unofficial until certified by the Secretary of State’s office and does not include any provisional ballots.

“I want to thank all of the voters who came out to support me,” said Davis. “And I want to congratulate Barry. I think we all worked hard to get out there and get our messages to the voters. I’m looking forward to starting the next stage of this journey.”

Davis said she thinks voters appreciated the fact that she did not make any large promises that she cannot keep and her business background. Davis is the owner of Four Paws Pet Resort.

Robbins, who works for First Bank of Dalton, says he thinks his financial background appealed to voters.

“Putting together the budget and overseeing spending are major parts of being a commissioner, and I think voters recognized that my background would help me with that,” he said.

Davis said that during the next several weeks she plans to continue the type of campaigning she has been doing.

“I’ll be out there meeting people, listening to their concerns, getting to know them and letting them get to know me,” she said.

Robbins said he plans to think about his strategy for the runoff after “a good night’s sleep” but said he too will be out meeting voters and trying to talk to as many people as he can.

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