Mayor McCollar
Mayor Jonathan McCollar Credit: Lori Grice

Statesboro Mayor Jonathan McCollar had a landslide victory over challenger Ernest Lawton. McCollar won with 1,493 votes to Lawton’s 266 votes in the November 2, 2021 municipal election.

Councilman John Riggs defeated challenger Kristine Yager-Rushton by 44 votes. Riggs received 133 votes Yager-Rushton received 89 votes.

Liquor YES

Statesboro residents said YES to the package sales of alcohol by a large margin, 1,305 to 457 votes.

Mayor McCollar feels that if everything goes well we should see the sell of alcohol in Statesboro by second quarter of 2022. The next step is the completion of ordinances to approve the sale of alcohol. That will take several months. When complete they can begin licensing package stores.

Portal TIE

Portal Post 3 incumbent Jerry Lanigan defeated challenger Tom Coleman.

However, in Post 4 there is a tie between Roger Davis, Jr. and Clay Williams the incumbent. Both received exactly 37 votes.

Register incumbents and Liquor defeated

Register Mayor Barbara Rushing was defeated by Donnie Roberts. Incumbent Register district 1 councilman Richard Canady was defeated by Brittany Brannen. Package sales was defeated in Register for a second time. This time it was defeated by one vote.

Brooklet incumbent defeated and yes to alcohol sales

In Brooklet, Becky Kelly defeated Hannah-Joy Dinello for Brooklet City Council Post 3, Post 4 incumbent Gregory Schlierf was defeated by challenger James Harrison.

Sunday and on premises sale of alcohol both passed in Brooklet.

Below are all of the results:


Statesboro

Statesboro Mayor# of Precincts
Reporting
Vote Total
Ernest Larry Lawton 266
Jonathan McCollar (I)FINAL 1,493
Statesboro Council District 4# of Precincts
Reporting
Vote Total
John Riggs (I) 133
Kristine Yager-Rushton 89
Statesboro Package Sales# of Precincts
Reporting
Vote Total
Yes 1,305
No 457

Portal

Portal City Council Post 3# of Precincts
Reporting
Vote Total
Tom Coleman 35
Jerry Lanigan (I)FINAL 38
Portal City Council Post 4# of Precincts
Reporting
Vote Total
Roger Davis, Jr.TIE 37
Clay Williams (I)TIE 37

Register

Register Mayor# of Precincts
Reporting
Vote Total
Donnie RobertsFINAL29
Barbara Rushing (I) 27
Register City Council District 1# of Precincts
Reporting
Vote Total
Brittany Brannen 32
Richard Canady (I) 24
Register Package Sales# of Precincts
Reporting
Vote Total
Yes 29
No 30

Brooklet

Brooklet City Council Post 3# of Precincts
Reporting
Vote Total
Becky Kelly 130
Hannah-Joy DiNello 75
Brooklet City Council Post 4# of Precincts
Reporting
Vote Total
Gregory Schlierf (I)FINAL 92
James Harrison109
Brooklet Sunday Sales# of Precincts
Reporting
Vote Total
Yes 91
No 64
Brooklet on premises alcohol sales# of Precincts
Reporting
Vote Total
Yes 95
No 50

DeWayne Grice

Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...