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Runoffs ahead for two state House seats in Douglas
by Tom Spigolon and Liz Marino
August 08, 2012 03:43 PM | 1090 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Voters will go back to the polls Aug. 21 to determine which Republican candidate for House District 66 will face Democratic candidate Kimberly Alexander in the Nov. 6 general election.

Former state representative Bob Snelling and Douglas County School Board member Mike Miller will square off in a runoff for the Republican nomination for the House District 66 seat.

Snelling received 49.63 percent of the vote in the race, according to the Georgia Secretary of State. Miller received 27.17 percent to finish second and qualify for the runoff. More than 50.0 percent of votes are needed to win outright. District 66 includes parts of Douglas and Paulding counties.

Former Douglasville mayor Mickey Thompson received 23.2 percent to finish third.

Also facing a runoff are Democratic contenders for House District 62, Marvin Arrington Jr. and LaDawn “LBJ” Jones, after neither won outright July 31.

Arrington was the top vote-getter as he received 47.66 percent of the vote. Jones finished second with 28.47 percent in the district, which includes parts of Douglas and Fulton counties. No Republicans qualified for the seat.

Anyone who voted Republican in District 66 and Democrat in District 62, as well as anyone who did not vote at all in the primary election, can vote in the Aug. 21 runoff, said Douglas County Elections Supervisor Laurie Fulton.

Early voting will be held prior to the runoff election, she said, but voters will need to check the county web site or Secretary of State web site for details as they become available.

Fulton said the following poll sites will be open for the runoff election:

- For District 66: Golden UMC, the Old Courthouse, Stewart Middle School, Arbor Station Elementary, Chapel Hill Middle School, Chestnut Log Middle, St. Julian Episcopal Church, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and Douglasville First Baptist Church.

- For District 62: Beulah Elementary, Factory Shoals Middle, Boundrary Waters Aquatic Center, Deer Lick Park and Chestnut Log Middle School, which is a split precinct.

In other key votes July 31, incumbent Tom Worthan easily fended off a challenge from former chairman Rita Rainwater to win the Republican nomination for county commission chairman.

Worthan, who is seeking a third term, will face Democrat Romona Jones in the Nov. 6 general election. Jones was unopposed July 31 for her party’s nomination.

Incumbent Bill Hembree of Winston was unopposed for the Republican nomination for the House District 67 seat, which includes parts of Douglas and Paulding counties. He will face Democrat Leigh McMutry of Winston in the Nov. 6 general election.

Douglas residents also voted to reject the T-SPLOST by almost a 2-1 margin. It failed in the entire Atlanta region 62 percent to 38 percent.

Also, in the Douglas County Commission District 2 race, incumbent Kelly Robinson easily defeated Freddie Ashmon in the Democratic primary.

A total of 28 percent of Douglas County’s 70,478 registered voters cast their ballots in the election.

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