Dustin Hightower will take his seat in the Georgia House as the District 68 representative. He won more than 55 percent of the vote in a special election runoff Tuesday night. He defeated Alan Martinez in the district that covers Carroll and Douglas counties.
Three of the state's four legislative special elections Tuesday are headed to a runoff, with no candidate in those districts getting a majority of the votes needed to win. Meanwhile, Valdosta voters decided not to merge their school system with the county, and Bibb voters passed their SPLOST.
Republican Chuck Williams and Democrat Dan Matthews will meet in a runoff for an open seat in the state House of Representatives. Williams, an Oconee County tree farmer and former banker, led the field of four candidates in a special election Tuesday with 39 percent of the 3,920 votes cast for the northeast Georgia seat.
Voters in three Southeast Georgia counties have until Friday to cast their votes during the "early voting" period for a special election. County election officials, however, say the problem is that few people have voted and it's costing them money to staff the "early voting" booth.