Young, Breeden win seats for Macon Commission

Young, Breeden win seats for Macon Commission

The Macon County Commission will see one new member seated in December after newcomer Barry Breeden beat out incumbent Paul Higdon to represent District 3.


There were two seats up for election this cycle on the Macon County Commission to represent districts two and three. Because the only candidates to file for the race were Republican, the race has been decided during the primary election.

With all 15 precincts reporting, incumbent candidate Josh Young beat out his opponent Chris Browning by a wide margin to represent district two. Young won 61.05 % of the vote, or 3,935 votes, to Browning’s 38.95% or 2,511 votes.

In district three, Barry Breeden beat incumbent Paul Higdon with 51.78 % of the vote, or 3,319 votes. Higdon logged 48.22% of the vote, or 3,091 votes.

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