Common ground is sparse as they pick a mayor in the bitterly divided hamlet of Washington, not unlike in another place with the same name.
There are dozens of places across the country named in tribute to the first president of the United States, and the contention so often associated with Washington, D.C., is now spreading to them, too. The town square is where Washington, Ga., has always transitioned from one era to the next. Elections results are announced on the courthouse steps. Textile companies once boomed there. These days, many of the square’s storefronts sit empty. Alexandra Garcia/The Washington Post Buy Photo