It was cheers and smiles Tuesday night at Patrick Crews’ election night party as results trickled in weighing in his favor, giving him the Republican nomination for Troup County Commission Chairman with 59 percent of votes.
Many came out to support Crews and celebrate his victory as he secured 2,840 votes to opponent Frank Kirby’s 1,958, according to unofficial returns. Despite low voter turnout, Crews was confident throughout that he would pull out a victory in the race over Kirby.
“I still believe the vast majority of Troup County think this is a great place to live, we have a lot of great thing going on and we want to build on that,” Crews said. “We were all about running a positive campaign.”
He said his victory proves that the citizens of Troup County were receptive to his positive campaign. Crews added that with over 60,000 people in the county, it’s impossible to reach them all.
Supporters cheered throughout the night as precinct results were announced. Hollis Hand, Rosemont and Northside were precincts Crews’ campaign especially celebrated, where he secured 76.8 percent, 53.8 percent and 76 percent of the vote respectively.
“I think it was a low voter turnout which was a little disappointing, but the right people voted and they voted the right person in,” local business owner Todd Willis said.
Crews reflected back on his first campaign calling it an “interesting” experience. He said despite a small group of people bringing negativity into the race, he tried to keep it positive.
“It’s been very hurtful for people to attack others’ integrity, name and reputation,” he said. “Doing those things don’t help build up our government and leadership. We would certainly love for them to join us.”
Crews added that this election taught him a lot about organizing a campaign going into the future for November elections.
Crews’ opponent, Frank Kirby, was also surrounded by many supporters last night at an election party hosted at his son’s home. Despite his loss, Kirby is satisfied with his campaign.
“I’ve done everything I could do that I could have done, so I have no regrets,” he said. “I did not do anything ugly in this election. I didn’t throw any mud in this election, and I feel good about it.”
Crews wished Kirby the best.
“We ran a good race,” Crews said. “It was issues-based … I appreciate him running a good campaign and look forward to the future.”
Election results are unofficial until Friday, when provisional ballots are counted and results certified.