Victor Hill Stuns Observers with 54% to 46% Victory over Kem Kimbrough. Rep. Darryl Jordan Beats Back Kevin Thomas 54% to 46%. MACE “Of Counsel” Attorney Andy Ramay Defeats Chairman of Jeff Davis County Board of Education 54% to 45%. 54% to 46%…A Weird Year For Me!
By John R. Alston Trotter, EdD, JD
In the photos above is two of my friends, Victor Hill (L) and Steve Frey (R). I wish Victor well in the upcoming court case in November. In Clayco, politics makes strange bedfellows, as the saying goes. The thugs and criminals are truly afraid of Victor Hill. (I call him “Lil Vic.”) He gets things done, and if you have a problem, he’ll dispatch some deputies to the scene in a jippy! This is why people like him. Steve, in my opinion, is Clayco’s most aggressive and best attorney. He’s been my attorney on a couple of occasions. (He’s a UGA Bulldog too.) I helped Victor in this campaign. I only worked three campaigns this year…the Clayco Sheriff’s race (Victor), State Representative Darryl Jordan’s re-election against the six-year Chairman of the Clayton County Democratic Party who was apparently well-heeled and even had photos of him and Michelle Obama, etc., and for Andy Ramay challenging the incumbent chairmen of the school board in Jeff Davis County. All my candidates won, 54% to 46%. Weird. I would have been satisfied with just a few votes over 50%! But, I thought it was weird for all of the races to come down to victories with the exact same percentage!
I have to note what a heck of a race that Victor Hill ran. (Rep. Jordan and Attorney Ramay ran great campaigns too!) It seems that hardly anyone thought he could pull it off. At my office, several of us put our predictions on the white board about the four runoff elections in Clayton County on the day of the election. I put “50.25%” for Victor Hill, but I wasn’t sure if I was voting with my heart instead of my head. His overwhelming victory even shocked an old jaded observer like me. I was stunned!
I am gradually getting this stuff out of my system, at least this is what I am telling myself. Back in 2002, I did 13 campaigns all at once! Wow! I look back on this and ask, “How in the heck did you do this, boy?” I am slowing down as far as active involvement is concerned. I much rather just observe and write about politics. I’ll watch the GOP and the Democratic National Conventions here and shortly thereafter, Lord willing, head back south to see my loved ones and friends in Brazil.