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Lumpkin residents elect a new mayor

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STEWART COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -

The votes are in, and hundreds of residents in Lumpkin, GA decided that a change is needed.

On Tuesday, many of them went to the polls to make sure their voices were heard.

Now the city of Lumpkin has a new mayor who will take office in January, as well as two new city council members. 

A crowd joined around the new Lumpkin Mayor Jimmy Babb after the results from Tuesday night's election where he beat incumbent Charles Gibson with 162 votes over 80.

Babb says the first thing he will do is fix the city’s finances. 

"The city of Lumpkin hasn’t had a audit in five years so we can’t get federal or state money and we don’t know who we owe and how much money we have,” Babb said.

There are also new council members.

Mitzi House won the seat for Post 5, Darryl Wilson won the seat for Post 6, and Barbara Cullefer keeps her Post 4 seat.

Additionally, the residents voted yes for an E-SPLOST or education special purpose local option sales tax for new school renovations.

Stewart County School Superintendent Valerie Roberts said this election is important for residents and students.

"This is very important so we don’t add any extra taxes to the citizens of Stewart County," Roberts said.

She told us the E-SPLOST will bring in money from a one penny sales tax as well as money from the state to renovate the elementary/middle school. 

It will also add a new wing to that facility for high school students, who she says are now in an underutilized building that needs major renovations. This way, said Roberts, is more cost efficient.

The E-SPLOST will also add a new gym and athletic fields. 

Election Results: 

Mayor: Jimmy Babb beats Incumbent 162-80

Council Post 4:  Incumbent Barbara Cullefer beat Previous Post 5 council member Kimberly Seldon  167-75

Council Post Post 5: Mitzi house beat Amber Gibson 170-64

Council Post 6 Darryl Wilson beat Mona Hubbard 195-46

E-SPLOST passes 314-222

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