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Dan Matthews Wins Watkinsville City Council Seat


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Dan Matthews, a longtime Democratic activist and a fixture in the Athens music scene for decades, has won a Watkinsville city council seat, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

Matthews, the office manager at Eric Krasle’s law firm, beat Mark Melvin 570 votes to 568. He was declared the winner Monday after a handful of absentee ballots arrived from overseas. It was Matthews’ fourth run for local or state office.

He plans to make pedestrian safety his top priority.

Meanwhile, as Oconee County Observations reports, Chuck Horton and Marcus Weidower are headed for a runoff Dec. 6 for an open commission seat. Horton received 45 percent of the vote last Tuesday, with Weidower winning 30 percent and Ben Bridges 24 percent.