Davis, Ralph advance to runoff

By Greg Gelpi

With military votes still coming in and yet to be counted, one incumbent won out right and another race will be decided in a runoff for county commission seats.

Virginia Gray, the incumbent in the District 2 race, won soundly with 3,382 votes to her opponent Danny Hayes' 1,511.

In District 3, Charles Davis pulled in 2,660 votes and will face Wole Ralph in a runoff. Ralph received 1,830 votes. Zannie "Tiger" Billingslea had 594 votes in the race, Cedric McCrary had 1,754 votes and Ronald Ringer had 1,733 votes.

With so many high profile races decided in the primary, Ralph said the runoff will allow voters to focus on the commission races.

"We plan on doing the same," Ralph said of his plan to take the "message directly to the people."

He said he thinks his "distinctions are very clear" between him and Davis.

"I think when you talk about Wole Ralph the candidate you talk about someone who is uniquely qualified to be Clayton County commissioner," Ralph said.

He cited his master's degree in public administration and experience working for the U.S. Department of Labor.

Davis said his grassroots campaign to be elected will continue.

"My message is very clear about the direction I need to go," Davis said. "We're going to be working very hard. I'm just going to work hard and do what I need to do."

He wants to be a "servant to the people."

Davis said he will continue to go door-to-door campaigning until the runoff.

There are no Republicans in these two races.