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Old 11-05-2019, 09:59 PM
 
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I didn't see this happening, it looks like not only will the mayoral race be a runoff, but Tony Thomas faces a runoff as well. In addition John Hall, Carroll Bell and Bill Durrance lost their races as well. Looks like folks in Savannah want change....
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The mayoral election in Savannah will likely head to a runoff.

Mayor Eddie DeLoach and Alderman Van Johnson are expected to go head to head on Dec. 3.

Johnson has been ahead in Tuesday’s race but unless there is a significant shift with the remaining precincts, he will not reach the 50%-plus-one-vote threshold to secure the win.

“I’m excited. Looking forward to an opportunity to make it happen again,” DeLoach said Tuesday.

“We’re going to run this race until it’s done,” Johnson told News 3.

If the alderman wins in December, he’s said he’ll work on building a “high functioning council.” DeLoach has said he will work with whatever changes come to the council with this election.

See how those seats are taking shape below.
https://www.wsav.com/news/your-local...ded-to-runoff/
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Old 11-05-2019, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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I’m surprised as well
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Old 11-06-2019, 04:45 AM
 
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I’m shocked at both Savannah and Pooler. Never thought I’d see the words “change” and “Savannah” in the same sentence, and I assumed the Poolerites were going to stick with all the old guard, but they didn’t.
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Old 11-06-2019, 11:01 AM
 
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....and someone needs to tell the news stations that Pooler does not have run off elections.
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Old 12-04-2019, 05:58 AM
 
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Van Johnson defeats Deloach.

Purtee defeats Tony Thomas.
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Old 12-06-2019, 11:53 AM
 
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What does Van Johnson mean for Savannah?
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Old 12-06-2019, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Savannah
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Seeing as how Van has been on the council for multiple terms already, I think it's pretty safe to say the change will not be radical. That's especially true given the city's power structure, where the City Manager basically runs the show, and the Mayor (and Aldermen) just runs the meetings. The position is largely ceremonial - kind of like how the Queen works with Parliament. The mayor goes to events, reads proclamations, issues greeting letters to visiting conferences, and so forth.

But hey, a charismatic and narcissistic individual with designs on corrupting the power structure for personal gain is apparently never out of the question. Personally, I don't see that as a likely bent for Van Johnson, or for the City of Savannah, however.

I do think Johnson's track record shows he's progressive, having championed things like the city's relatively lenient, albeit limited, marijuana possession ordinance back in 2017. He also showed some decency in his quick mea culpa on the "black press only" debacle from March of this year (read about that here in case you've not been following along). Not his best moment, but hopefully one that he learned strong lessons from.
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Old 12-06-2019, 02:06 PM
 
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Such an interesting post, CG! Thanks for the link, too. I can't believe the runoff vote margin either. I thought it would be much closer than that. What do you think of the numbers? Now if I can only get a second report from News (he is coy, that one), my day is complete.
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Old 12-06-2019, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Savannah
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I'm honestly not that surprised. As a long-time resident of the Savannah area, I've seen the political landscape drift around, but this is a town that doesn't like to get too hot and bothered about politics. Folks around here would much rather share a drink with an adversary than remember that they were an adversary at all.

Deloach was not a bad mayor, but he never excelled in the trappings of the office. He showed up, said the requisite stuff, said he wanted to do it for another term and all that, but he never really made the case for what he wanted to do in the next term - failing to capture the imagination of the voting public. He talked about how we have more cops than a police state, and how effective the city is at responding to criminal activity (not so much working to prevent it in the first place by working on our public school system or whatever, IMO). But, that's hardly a vision for the future - at least not a hopeful one.
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Old 12-06-2019, 02:41 PM
 
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Agreed on Deloach. He was just there.
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