Hendrix keeps seat; Dyer faces runoff with Parks

WINDER - In two primary races for the Barrow County Board of Commissioners, one incumbent will face a runoff opponent, while another won his election handily.

District 6 Commissioner Ben Hendrix will keep the seat he has held for a year and a half, besting challenger Daniel Thomas 458 votes to 374, according to unofficial results.

With just over 55 percent of the vote, Hendrix said he feels good about his


"I'm very thankful to people for having faith in me to serve another four years," he said. "It's very gratifying to be


Thomas, who could not be reached for comment, said previously that he was running at his first opportunity since retiring from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

In District 5, incumbent David Dyer will face former Auburn mayor and city councilman Billy E. Parks in a runoff Aug. 8.

The two men were separated by just 20 votes, with Dyer earning 132 to Parks' 152. A third candidate, John L. King Sr., took 27 percent of the votes with a tally of 106.

King could not be reached for comment. Dyer, who took nearly 34 percent of the vote, said he is glad to be in the runoff.

"I'm going to go out and ask for them to vote again," he said.

Parks said he was disappointed by low turnout in the race, but that he is optimistic about his prospects in the runoff.

"I'm very happy about being the top vote-getter," he said. "It's a close race. We'll see how it goes from here."

District 4 Commissioner Isaiah Berry, who ran unopposed, will not face any competition in the Nov. 7 election. Hendrix and the winner of the Aug. 8 runoff will also take their seats without Democratic opposition.