AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - It was a tight race until the end, but Garnett Johnson is Mayor-Elect for Augusta, Georgia, the city's 85th.  He faced former city Tax Commissioner Steven Kendrick in a runoff following Georgia's late May primary Tuesday.

Johnson, a local businessman, picked up endorsements by former mayoral candidates at the eleventh hour and secured the win with 13,254 votes over Kendrick's 11,557 vote total.

Celebrations lasted late into the night Tuesday at Johnson’s campaign headquarters. In his first interview since being elected mayor – Johnson tells FOX54’s Jared Eggleston he is getting to work Wednesday morning for the citizens of Augusta.

“Mayor Davis has been gracious to come by the Mayor’s office tomorrow to have a conversation. We want to get this city cleaned up, we want to take a little bit of time away, we want to engage everyone. Most importantly we need to rebuild this community. The election is over, it’s time for us to come together for the greater good of Augusta,” said Johnson.

Garnett Johnson will take office in January 2023.

Kendrick told WFXG's Abby Bradshaw that he called to congratulate Johnson Tuesday night.  He says he doesn't plan to try and become tax commissioner again.  Rather, he said he'd like to try and work with Johnson to "make Augusta a better place."



This is a developing story.

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