A fter ten weeks of campaigning, citizens of Savannah and Chatham County went to the polls on November 8, 2011.
Votes were cast for mayor, city council members and for important referendums including whether or not to allow Sunday alcohol sales, to end term limits for the Chatham County Commission Chairman and whether to extend the Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST).
When the votes were counted, citizens said “YES” to ESPLOST and Sunday alcohol sales, and “NO” to the elimination of the term limits for the Chatham County Commission Chairman.
In the Savannah City Council voting, Carol Bell won the Alderman at Large Post 1 seat, District 1 incumbent Van Johnson maintained his seat, as did incumbents Mary Osborne, District 2; Mary Ellen Sprague, District 4; and Tony Thomas, who ran unopposed in the 6th District. Estella Shabazz won the 5th District seat that was held by Alderman Clifton Jones, who did not seek re-election.
Tom Bordeaux and Clinton Young, candidates for Alderman at Large Post 2 are headed for a runoff. As of press time, things were still undecided in the 3rd District where only 17 votes separated incumbent Larry Stuber and challenger John Hall, and a recount was set for Thursday November 17.
In the race for Mayor of Savannah where six candidates were competing to replace Mayor Otis Johnson, who is completing eight years of service and was not eligible for re-election due to term limits. Mayor Pro Tem Edna Jackson and Alderman Jeff Felser were the top two vote getters.
They will face each other in the Runoff Election on December 6.