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Sept. 9 – Four More Weeks to Register to Vote in all the Nov. 5 Municipal Elections in Chatham County

Category: Elections

By Lou Phelps, SBJ

September 9, 2019 – The candidates are working hard;  campaign signs are everywhere; and debates between candidates are starting to be announced by leading civic organizations.  

Any necessary runoff elections will be held Tuesday, Dec. 3.  At this time, a runoff is anticipated in the Savannah Mayor race with four announced candidates, and based on recent polling information that has Mayor Eddie DeLoach and Alderman Van Johnson virtually in a tie, but each polling between 30 to 33% - a long way from the needed 50% to avoid a run-off. 

The last day to register to vote in any of the municipals elections this year is also approaching, on Oct. 7.  Early voting for all four municipal elections this year will begin 21 days before the Nov. 5 election, on Oct. 15.  The City of Savannah and all municipalities in Chatham County contract with the Chatham County Board of Elections to conduct their elections. 

This year, municipal elections will be held on Nov. 5 in Savannah, Pooler, Garden City and the City of Tybee Island.  All candidates had to qualify to run between August 19 to Friday, August 23. Here’s the list of candidates. Note, (I- Incumbent).


City of Savannah Election

Mayor: Mayor Eddie DeLoach (I), Alderman Van Johnson, former State Sen. Regina Thomas,  Louis Wilson

Alderman At-Large Post 1: Carol Bell (I), Kesha Gibson-Carter

Alderman At-Large Post 2: Alicia Blakely, Atty. Tony Center

District 1 Alderman: Bernetta Lanier, Peter Pannizo

District 2 Alderman: Bill Durrence (I), Detric Leggett

District 3 Alderman: John Hall (I),  Linda Wilder-Bryan

District 4 Alderman: Nick Palumbo

District 5 Alderman: Estella Edwards Shabazz (I)

District 6 Alderman: Antonio Hunter, Kurtis Purtee, Alderman Tony Thomas (I)


Garden City Election:

Mayor: Don Bethune (I),  Gary Monroe

Council District 2: Debbie Ruiz (I)

Council District 3: Bruce Campbell (I), Natalyn Morris

Council District 4: Rosetta Bryant Cody (I), Richard Lassiter, Jr., Juanita Longmire


Pooler Election:

Mayor: Adam Bridges, Steve Larson

Council: Bruce Allen (I),  Shannon Black (I),  Aaron Higgins, Tom Hutcherson, Falgun  Patel, John Wilcher, Karen Williams


City of Tybee Island Election:

Mayor: Wanda Doyle, Mack Kitchens, Shirley Sessions

Council: Barry Brown (I), Fidelia Fowler, David McNaughton, Brian West


Absentee Voting Information

Thinking of voting by absentee ballot?  Oct. 7 is the first day that absentee ballots will be mailed out, but requests for absentee ballots may be submitted as early as 180 days prior to an election, submitted either by mail  to P.O. Box 13757, Savannah GA 31416; by fax  to 912-790-1519; sent via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or requested in person at the Board of Registrar’s office on Stephenson Ave.  A separate application has to be submitted for each election and run-off election unless a voter is over the age of 65 or disabled, a military service member, spouse of a military service member, or an oversees citizen (temporary or permanent). More information is available at the Chatham County Voter Registration office by calling 912-790-1520 .  No reason is required for absentee early voting.

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