Republican Johnny S. Moats defeated incumbent Sheriff J. Kelly McLendon with 57.02 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. Moats received 7,592 votes, easily unseat-ing McLendon, who got 5,714 votes.
Sunday sales of alcohol, both by the drink at restaurants and package sales, had already been implemented in Cedar-town and Rockmart.
However, Sunday sales had previously failed for the unin-corporated areas of the county. The Polk County Commission voted earlier this year to put the issue back to county voters and both Sunday referendums were passed by wide margins Tuesday.
The vote totals were:
Sunday sales by the drink — yes, 7,069 (53.21 percent); no, 6,216 (46.79 percent);
Sunday sales, package stores — yes, 7,043 (53,14 percent); no, 6,210 (46.86 percent).
Republican Ricky Silvers won the race for Gordon County’s chief magistrate judge, downing Democrat Scott Haynes 11,996-3,707.
Silvers, who came in second in a tight Republican primary race and went on to defeat incumbent John Leggett in the primary run off, will take office in January.
Silvers took 76.1 percent of the vote in the chief magistrate race, which was the only contested local election on the Gordon County ballot.
Chattooga County will also have a new sheriff in the near future, but Sole Commissioner Jason Winters defended his seat, according to unofficial results posted late Tuesday by The Summerville News.
Winters, a Democrat, received 2,581 votes, which was enough to fend off a challenge from Republican Dewayne Dawson, who got 1,800 votes.
Current Chattooga Sheriff John Everett lost the Democ-ratic primary election to Mark Schrader, a Trion police of-fice. Schrader went on to claim the office Tuesday night, earning 3,365 votes, enough for a comfortable victory over Republican candidate James Dawson, who received 1,114 votes.