It’s down to two men as Bobby Banks and Craig Lutz try to get their messages out as they head into a runoff to become the Republican nominee for District 1 commissioner.
The two men were the top vote getters in Tuesday’s primary election, beating Kimbo Senter for a chance to represent South Hall on the Hall County Board of Commissioners.
The candidates will now have a few weeks to squeeze in some more campaigning before the Aug. 10 runoff.
The winner of that race will go on to face Democrat Paul Wayne Godfrey in the November general election.
Banks, the incumbent, said he’s seen results and plans to keep up his campaign efforts.
“I was pleasantly surprised I got 44 percent with three people running,” Banks said. “I’m going to continue to do what I’ve been doing, knocking on doors, meet and greets.”
Lutz, who resigned his position on the Flowery Branch City Council to run for the commission, said he will continue grass roots campaigning but will try new things.
“Because of the time compression we’re going to have to look at other ways of mass-marketing ourselves, probably through different forms of media and try to get the message out to a little bit of a broader audience,” Lutz said.
Both candidates praised Senter’s campaign.
“I would like to thank Kimbo Senter for running a clean race and not a negative race and I would like to urge his supporters to come over to my side,” Banks said.
“The Kimbo Senter campaign worked really hard and gave me quite a bit of anxiety (Tuesday),” Lutz said. “He did a great job.”
Lutz said he is looking forward to being in a two man race.
“I’m excited looking forward because now the uncertainty is gone. It’s me versus the incumbent,” Lutz said. “I now have the ability to focus on voting records and plans for the future.
“I think becoming an issues race makes it a little easier for everybody.”
Lutz said he hopes to get Banks into a debate setting soon.
Banks chose not to attend two Hall County Republican Party-sponsored candidate forums prior to the election, claiming that they would not help his campaign because the audience was full of Lutz supporters.
Banks said if he is invited to a debate, he will “make a decision at that time.”