A total of 271 voters turned out to elect their next representative in Ward 4 of Hazlehurst on Tuesday, February 16 in a special election. Five contenders vied for the seat left vacant by Daryl McMillian, who resigned after he was elected to the District 1 supervisor post in November of 2015.
Bo McKinzie, nephew of the late Lonnie McKinzie who was the first African-American elected to office in Hazlehurst, won the position outright with 53.5%, or 145 votes. Finishing second was Edward Barnes with 66 votes. In third place was Martin Washington with 39 votes. Kenneth Coleman finished fourth with 11 votes, followed by Robert Curtis with 10.
McKinzie’s first official meeting will be on Tuesday, March 1 at the regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen.