Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Runoff Delays Fishing Trip Williams Now Trying to Reel in Votes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Runoff Delays Fishing Trip Williams Now Trying to Reel in Votes

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BRUNSWICK -- Lyons businessman Tommie Williams bought a fishing

license two days ago, but he won't be using it for three more


Williams must prepare for an Aug. 11 runoff in the Republican

primary for State Senate District 6 after easily outpolling

incumbent Ed Boshears and former state Rep. Willou Smith.

When all the votes were counted, Williams, a soft-spoken pine

straw broker, had gotten 49 percent of the vote to Smith's 28

percent and Boshears' 23 percent.

The winner of the runoff between Williams and Smith faces

Democrat Kathy Keith of Jesup in the Nov. 3 general election.

In other General Assembly results from South Georgia:

In the Republican primary for House District 173, medical

consultant Carolyn Hill defeated Joe Jaudon, who is semi-retired

from the real estate business. Hill will face incumbent Democrat

E.C. Tillman, who beat Jaudon in 1994 and 1996, in the Nov. 3

general election.

District 173 includes McIntosh County and portions of Glynn and

Liberty counties.

In the Democratic primary for House District 177, real estate

executive Ronald Borders and ophthalmologist Mark J. Eanes

advanced to a runoff. Steve Wansley finished third. The winner

of the runoff faces Republican Rod Casey of Valdosta in


District 177 includes most of Lowndes County.

With her next race months away, Hill said she will have a

planning session with supporters today.

Meanwhile, Williams and Smith said they have both resumed their

door-to-door campaigns.

"I was going fishing if I lost," Williams said yesterday.

The typically buoyant Smith said yesterday she was not down and

out, although she did not finish first as some political

observers in Southeast Georgia had predicted.

"I've been on the phone this morning, regrouping and

reorganizing. We've already hit the ground running," she said.

"We're going to win."

Smith said she expected Williams to do well among a core of

voters, many of whom live in the six inland counties in

eightcounty Senate District 6.

"That was no surprise," she said. …

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