No suit filed in Rockdale sheriff’s race

Rockdale County Sheriff Jeff Wigington did not file a lawsuit contesting the elections by the deadline today.

By law, Wigington, who lost to challenger Eric Levett, had until 5 p.m. today to contest the race in Superior Court.

Rockdale Clerk of Court Ruth Wilson said her office had received no suit by the close of business today.

The sheriff’s race and the outcome have been tense because of how close the numbers were. The Supervisor of Elections Office recounted the ballots twice following the Nov. 6 elections.

Levett was declared the winner after the Rockdale Supervisor of Elections Cynthia Welch certified last Tuesday’s (Nov. 13) recount.

Levett received one vote less than he had received in the first recount, and Wigington received one vote more.

In the final outcome, Levett earned 18,759 votes (50 percent), while Wiginton earned 18,727 votes (49.91 percent). in the final outcome.

Levett was the final Democrat in the “Slate of 8” to make it into office.

The entire  “Slate of 8” are African Americans. It is the first time in more than 20 years that Democrats have won every seat in Rockdale, and the first time in the 141-year-old county’s history that African Americans have held every seat.

More to come.