Chester Ellis projected winner in Chatham Co. Commission chair race

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – He’s held a slim lead since Election Day, but with additional ballots reported Thursday in Chatham County, Chester Ellis is the projected winner in the commission chairman race.

At this time, Ellis has 52% or 68,231 votes to Jason Buelterman’s 61,875 votes.

When Ellis finished Tuesday night in the lead, he told WSAV News 3 he was “cautiously optimistic.” Two days later, he celebrated.

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your dedication, contributions, belief, & prayers along this journey,” he wrote online, adding, “We have major work to do together, and I’m ready to get the job done!”

Buelterman, the former Tybee Island mayor, said he called Ellis Thursday night to congratulate him.

“While I had hoped to serve our community, I wished Mr. Ellis all the best in his coming term. We had a very cordial conversation and I sincerely wish nothing but the best for the Chairman-elect,” Buelterman wrote on Facebook.

Ellis is the current vice chairman and District 8 commissioner in Chatham County. He will succeed Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott.

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