Walker County voters say they're ready to ditch sole commissioner government

photo Bebe Heiskell

photo Shannon Whitfield

On election night while most eyes in Walker County, Ga., were turned toward the Republican primary for sole county commissioner, voters had their say in another important issue farther down the ballot - replacing that commissioner with a board.

The sole county commissioner is a rarity in 2016. Of more than 3,000 counties across the nation, only eight are currently served by a sole commissioner, and all of them are in Georgia.

But Tuesday's results show Walker County residents want to make it seven: 4,503 people voted in favor of a nonbinding referendum on transitioning to a five-person board of commissioners, while 1,480 cast ballots against.