Ralph Richardson Jr. won the District 3 seat on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners Tuesday in a tight race over incumbent Bruce Yates. Richardson won by 30 votes.
In District 4, incumbent Dwain Smith won over challenger John Ring in a 770-465 vote.
Jackson County had a 17 percent voter turnout with 5,157 of the 30,365 registered voters casting a ballot.
Richardson had 768 votes, or 51 percent, while Yates had 738 votes, or 49 percent.
“I’m very excited,” Richardson said late Tuesday night. “I did this for the citizens of District 3. They encouraged me starting back in November to run because they didn’t feel like they had the representation they deserve. I don’t have any ill will towards Bruce Yates. I just think Bruce has a different vision for Jackson County as I do.”
Richardson offered gratitude to the people of District 3 for their support.
“I am so grateful for the people of this district,” he said. “I love Braselton. I love Jackson County. I love this area. I am very grateful and humbled to be serving. I served my country for 26 years. I served my community on the town council. I serve my church. Now, I will have the opportunity to serve my county. I am humbled.”
Smith had 62 percent of the votes cast in District 4, with Ring taking 38 percent of the vote.
“I had a lot of good help,” Smith said Tuesday night. “I’m proud of my supporters.”