Wellborn, Purcell reelected to DOT board

[private]Legislators from the First and Third Congressional Districts on Wednesday reelected Ann Purcell and Sam Wellborn to new five-year terms on the State Transportation Board.

Purcell and Wellborn had no opposition and were reelected by acclamation.

Wellborn, a retired officer of Columbus Bank & Trust, is the longest-serving board member, having served five terms since he was first elected in 1992. He was nominated for a sixth term by Rep. Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus), the longest-serving member of the General Assembly.

“He (Smyre) was the only person in this room 25 years ago that’s still here today,” said Wellborn, referring to the Senate chamber where board elections are typically held.

Wellborn said he has worked with 11 DOT commissioners and 24 board chairs during his tenure.

Purcell, who lives in Rincon in Effingham County, was first elected to the transportation board in 2013, replacing the late Jay Shaw. She was a member of the Georgia House for 18 years before being elected to the transportation board.

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