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Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 8:52am

Voting In Today's Runoff Elections? Here's What You Need To Know

Communities across the state vote in runoff elections today. Plan on heading out to the polls?

Here’s what you need to know.

Georgia General Assembly:

Voters will fill three open Georgia General Assembly seats.

In Jefferson and Richmond counties, retired veteran Brian Prince and former municipal worker Diane Evans are in a runoff for the House District 127 seat. They are both Democrats. The winner replaces Quincy Murphy, who died this summer.

Cartersville businessmen Bruce Thompson and Matt Laughridge are vying for an open state Senate seat in portions of Bartow, Cherokee and Cobb counties. Both are Republicans. The top vote-getter replaces Barry Loudermilk, who's running for Congress.

Voters in Gwinnett County will fill an open House seat in District 104, replacing Donna Sheldon. She resigned to run for Congress. Chuck Efstration, a former prosecutor, and Teresa Cantrell, the county’s former planning commissioner, are the final two candidates for this seat. Both are Republicans.


Voters will fill four seats on the Atlanta Board of Education that had no majority vote-getter last month.

- Board Chairman Reuben McDaniel faces attorney Cynthia Bricoe Brown.

- In District 5, Atlanta Council of PTA’s officer Mary Palmer faces community leader Steven Lee.

- In District 6, former Atlanta Public School teacher Eshé Collins competes against educator and community activist Dell Bryd.

- In District 9, attorney Jason Esteves is running against Lori James, a former teacher and education consultant.


Voters in Gwinnett County will vote for a state representative to replace Donna Sheldon, who resigned in August to run for the 10th District Congressional seat. The candidates are both Republicans. Teresa Cantrell is the former Gwinnett County Planning Commissioner and Chuck Efstration is the former chairman of the Gwinnett Republican Party.

Warner Robins:

Voters in Warner Robins select the city’s new mayor. Retired firefighter Randy Toms and former public works director Joe Musselwhite face each other in that race.


Albany voters will settle a runoff for a City Council seat in Ward II.

For more information on where to vote in your community, visit the Georgia Secretary of State elections page.

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Shauna Stuart