As of Monday, August 6, 2012
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McDONOUGH — Henry County’s District I will have a new commissioner for the first time in 15 years.
Election officials recounted the votes in Henry County’s Commission District I Republican primary, and William J. “Bo” Moss defeated long-time incumbent Commissioner Warren Emory Holder by 17 votes.
The recount revealed that Moss received 50.22 percent of the vote, while Holder secured 49.78 percent, according to Janet Shellnutt, Henry County Elections and Registration Director.
Moss will face Democratic opposition from attorney James C. Mays in the November general election.
Holder has been an elected official in Henry County since 1971. He served on the Locust Grove City Council and Henry County School Board prior to becoming a commissioner in January 1997.
“Obviously, on that day, a majority of people who cast ballots lost confidence in my ability to make decisions for them,” said Holder.
Because the margin was so narrow on election night, Holder did not concede immediately after the primary, nor did Moss declare victory — though he did hold a victory party with 50 supporters at the Moose Lodge in McDonough.