10:05 p.m. UPDATE: Steven Mark Moore was elected mayor of Walnut Grove on Tuesday.

Moore won handily, defeating interim Mayor Carol D. Witcher by an almost 3-to-1 margin.

Moore, a business owner and former City Council member, got 144 votes to Witcher's 49.

Stephanie Moncrief (99 votes) and Joseph J. Wilchek (98) won the two City Council seats in at-large voting. Behind them were incumbent Kevin Shultz (63), Mary Lynn Hall (55) and Sarah V. Weaver (47).

The new term begins in January.

8:27 p.m. UPDATE: The first votes in gave an early lead to Steven Mark Moore in his challenge to interim Mayor Carol D. Witcher.

But again, it's early.

Moore had three votes to Witcher's zero. The city has 849 registered voters, according to the Walton County Board of Elections.

Incumbent Kevin Shultz and Mary Lynn Hall each had three votes for City Council.


WALNUT GROVE, Ga. — A hotly contested city election in Walnut Grove ended Tuesday night.

Voters were choosing their mayor after Lamar Lee stepped down this summer, in the final months of his second term. Councilwoman Carol D. Witcher, as mayor pro tem, succeeded him and was seeking a full term on her own. Opposing her was a former colleague from the City Council, businessman Steven Mark Moore.

Moore touted the endorsement of Lee's predecessor, Don Cannon.

Five people were seeking two slots on the council in an at-large election. Only one incumbent, Kevin E. Schulz, ran for reelection. Witcher's council term expires at the end of the year and the council later must fill the seat vacated when Moore resigned to run for mayor.

Results will be updated here as they're received.

Walnut Grove Election Results
  Votes Percentage
x-Steven Mark Moore 144 74.61%
Carol D. Witcher (i)  49 25.39%

City Council (two at-large)    
Mary Lynn Hall 55  
x-Stephanie Moncrief 99  
Kevin E. Schulz (i) 63  
Sarah V. Weaver  47  
x-Joseph J. Wilchek 98  

x-denotes winner

Source: Walton County Board of Elections


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