Kurtis Purtee defeats longtime Savannah Alderman Tony Thomas

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Newcomer Kurtis Purtee has defeated longtime Savannah District 6 Alderman Tony Thomas.

It’s a position Thomas has held for the past 20 years.

Unofficial results from the Chatham County Board of Elections have Purtee with 53 percent or 2,529 votes.

“I am so humbled right now. This is exactly what this community has needed,” Purtee told News 3, adding, “It is a new day, a new era, a new challenge for all of us.”

Thomas said he’s disappointed but not devastated, even teasing that there are always the Chatham County elections next year.

“I’m going to support Kurtis and hope that he does the best job,” he said. “I hope that he will be as intentive as I was to the district.”

The alderman-elect seems eager to do just that.

“I’m going to make myself available 24/7 to folks. They are going to have my phone number,” Purtee told News 3, adding, “Their concerns are my concerns and what I want to do is be that voice for that entire region.

“Whether or not they supported me, I am going to be their alderman.”

Thomas was ahead of Purtee in the Nov. 5 election by 361 votes but didn’t secure enough to avoid a runoff.

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