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July 27 – Election Results: Voters support new faces in Republican Primary Runoff

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Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report

July 27, 2016 – Political newcomer Dr. Peter Murphy of St. Simons Islands, defeated incumbent County Commissioner Dale Provenzano in the District 2 Republican Primary Runoff election Tuesday. District 2 includes St. Simons, Little St. Simons, Jekyll and Sea islands.

Murphy received 2,257 votes (58.71%) to Provenzano’s 1,587 (41.29%).  On election day, only 1,352 votes were cast in their race.  Murphy dominated in the early and absentee voting: a total of 2,390 votes were cast early, of which Murphy received 1,466 votes to Provenzano’s 924 – a 542 vote margin.   In the May primary, Murphy won 42% of the total vote, causing a runoff. 

Provenzano had opposed the effort by a group of citizens last year to incorporate St. Simon’s Island into a city, bringing more control over a number of development and area management to local residents, but had supported a series of changes to zoning ordinances that would have slowed down island growth.

In the Clerk of Superior Court runoff, Ron Adams, a retired financial adviser and banker, defeated Samuel Tostensen 3,333 (54.37%) to 2,797 (45.63%).  Incumbent James D. Jones failed to make the runoff in the May Republican primary.  He was formerly the Deputy Clerk, and was appointed Clerk last year when his mother, Lola Jamsky, retired, with voters appearing to seek new faces in government. 

The runoff for Coroner was also a fairly close race.  Deputy Coronoer J. B. “Jo” Chapman was defeated by Marc Neu by a vote of 2,729 to 3,274.  Neu is a Georgia Certified Law Enforcement Officer, who resigned from the Glynn County Police Department to become a small business owner.  He campaigned that he was the only Republican candidate that did not sell funeral related services and was not affiliated with a funeral home, and the only Republican candidate with Certified Police Officer and crime scene investigation experience. 

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