Chastain wins probate judge runoff
Scott Chastain was ahead of Josh Teague by just three votes in the Gilmer County Probate Court judge race after all 13 precincts were counted Tuesday night. But after early voting totals were announced the victory was more decisive as Chastain ended with 1,122 votes to Teague’s 1,090.
“I figured it would be close,” Chastain told the Times-Courier after the tension in the probate court office eased where both candidate’s families were keeping count. “I’m glad it’s over, I’m relieved.”
In the runoff between political newcomers, Teague surged ahead early as precincts came in, then Chastain leap-frogged over him in the vote totals midway through the tally. Then Teague pulled within eight votes after Mountaintown – the next to last precinct to be announced – and then to within three with Ellijay North’s total.
Out of 14,585 registered voters, 2,217 cast ballots (15.20 percent) in early voting and on Tuesday’s Election Day.
“Josh did a tremendous job and ran a clean campaign,” praised Chastain, a surveying business owner and pastor. “I am tremendously thankful and humble over the support I’ve received the last several months. It’s been an amazing journey.”
Teague, a local attorney, said he was “obviously disappointed.”
“I’m glad for all the support I received, and thankful for the race we ran,” he said.
Teague was asked about running for elective office again some day.
“Who knows what the future holds?” he said reflectively. “But I have no plans right now.”
After the congratulations and hugs diminished, Elections Supervisor Gary Watkins announced to the crowd that it was a race between two candidates of character.
“It was a terrible turnout for an important office,” he said to a member of the press.