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Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 5:47pm

Kidd, Smith Score Runoff Wins; Racial Change in Augusta

In runoff elections involving four Georgia legislative seats, Rusty Kidd and Kip Smith took victories in their respective races for Georgia House seats on Tuesday.

In the choice for House District 141, voters installed Rusty Kidd to represent the Milledgeville-area. Kidd won 64.4% of the vote, compared to 35.6% for Darrell Black. Kidd becomes the lone Independent to join the House. He follows his late father Culver in service within Georgia's Legislature.

In the west Georgia region, the son of DOT commissioner Vance Smith has won election to District 129. Kip Smith took more than 65 percent of the vote, defeating fellow Republican Steve Earles.

Of other runoff races decided Tuesday:

- House District 58: (D) Simone Bell 55.8% (D) Asha Jackson 44.2%

- State Senate District 35: (D) Donzella James 52.9% (D) Torrey Johnson 47.1%

- In Augusta, A runoff election resulted in the end of an even racial balance on the Augusta commission. Matt Aitken, who is white, won the seat representing District 1 -- which is 65 percent black. The seat had been held by an African-American since the city and county consolidated more than a decade ago. Aitken defeated bill fennoy with nearly 54 percent of the vote. The election now means the commission will have six whites and four blacks.

- In middle Georgia, Chuck Shaheen edged-out Chuck Chalk by just 200 votes to become the next mayor of Warner Robins. The race drew wide attention following the suicide of long time mayor and candidate Donald Walker in September.

Check back with, and listen to Morning Edition on GPB Radio for updates and election roundups.


Rickey Bevington