Last Tuesday, December 3, 2019, Alderman Van Johnson beat incumbent Mayor Eddie DeLoach by an overwhelming majority of 62% (14,884 votes). DeLoach secured only 38% (9,291 votes) of the votes in the runoff election, compared to the 40% he received on Election Day, November 5th. In that election, which also included two other candidates, Regina Thomas and Louis Wilson, neither candidate received the majority vote.
Ahead of the final runoff election, Johnson’s success was obviously the results of his comprehensive Get Out The Vote campaign that remained positive. This runoff strategy contrasted with DeLoach’s negative campaign that highlighted problems in the City Government that he led for the past four years.
Also, in the runoff election, Kurtis Purtee upset Tony Thomas’ 20 year run as District 6 Alderman with 53% of the vote (2,529 votes to Thomas’ 2,218 votes). He will join six other new members of the Savannah City Council, with Fifth District Alderman Estella Shabazz as the only incumbent.
The rest of the Savannah City Council includes Alicia Miller Blakely, Kesha Gibson Carter, Bernetta Lanier, Detric Legget, Nick Palumbo and Linda Wilder-Bryan.