Rachel Watkins expects to be knocking on a lot of doors between now and July 22, and says many of those doors will be in minority neighborhoods.
July 22 is the date set for the runoffs resulting from Tuesday’s nonpartisan balloting and partisan primaries in Athens-Clarke County, from which Watkins emerged as a contender in the race for the District 3 seat on the Athens-Clarke County Commission.
Watkins, a marketing professional who works with the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau and Prince Avenue’s Avid Bookshop, will face off against Melissa Link, managing editor of an environmental ethics journal and longtime local activist, to decide the District 3 race. Watkins and Link emerged from a four-way race in Tuesday’s primary in which businessman Herb Gilmore and attorney Dustin Kirby fell short.
Link led the vote totals Tuesday with 508 of the 1,360 ballots cast, or 37.4 percent of the vote. Watkins earned 452 ballots, or 33.2 percent of votes in the contest. Gilmore polled 282 votes, while Kirby trailed the field with 118 ballots.