Butts County native Burt Jones has won election to the Georgia State Senate from District 25, which includes, in addition to Butts County, the counties of Baldwin, Bibb, Greene, Jasper, Jones, Morgan, Putnam and Walton, either whole or in part. Jones, who defeated incumbent Johnny Grant in the Republic primary, went on to face Democratic challenger Darrell Black in the November general election, pulling 44,798 votes to Black’s 25,507. He will become the first Butts County citizen to hold a Georgia Senate seat since Mac Collins (1989-1992).

Jones, 33, is the CEO of JP Capital Insurance and a graduate of the University of Georgia. He will take office in January.

In the Butts County Sheriff’s race, Republican challenger Gary Long claimed victory in his election bid against Democratic incumbent Gene Pope. Long, 37, garnered a total of 4,875 votes to Pope’s 4379 votes, carrying wins in each of the county election precincts. He will also take office in January. Sheriff Pope will complete five terms of office when his term ends on December 31st.

All election results are unofficial until ratified by the Secretary of State.