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Hembree, Dugan in Senate runoff; Alexander, Gravley win House seats
by Tom Spigolon
tspigolon@neighbornewspapers.com
November 14, 2012 12:34 PM | 1613 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Longtime Douglas County lawmaker Bill Hembree will face Mike Dugan of Carrollton in a special Dec. 4 runoff for the Republican nomination for the Senate District 30 seat.

And Democrat Kimberly Alexander used a strong showing in Douglas County to narrowly defeat Republican Bob Snelling for the new Georgia House District 66 seat in last week’s General Election.

Alexander, an internal auditor, said she was “a little overwhelmed” after the victory.

“I couldn’t have done it by myself,” she said, noting she had dozens of volunteers and knocked on hundreds of doors in the final weeks.

House Democratic Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, said Alexander ran “a very disciplined race.”

“I think a good ground game means a lot,” Abrams said.

Alexander tallied 52 percent of the vote to Snelling’s 48 percent, according to totals from the Georgia Secretary of State. She won by about 1,100 votes out of a total 22,000 votes cast in the election.

The Douglasville resident won 57 percent of the vote in the nine Douglas County precincts in the two-county district. Snelling, also of Douglasville, won 61 percent in the district’s one Paulding County precinct, but could not overcome Alexander’s Douglas County advantage.

Alexander won in five Douglas County precincts, while Snelling won in four Douglas precincts and the lone Paulding precinct.

Snelling was seeking a return to the Georgia General Assembly after serving four terms in the House of Representatives before departing in 2002. Alexander had lost previous races for Hiram City Council and Georgia House District 67.

In the Senate District 30 race, Hembree, a Winston resident and Douglasville insurance agent, won 48 percent of the vote in a special Republican primary during last week’s General Election.

Dugan, a Carrollton construction company official, received 24 percent of the vote to finish second out of a field of four candidates which included former House Speaker Glenn Richardson of Hiram and Jim Naughton of Carrollton.

The winner Dec. 4 will face Libertarian James Camp of Temple in a special general election Jan. 8. The seat was left vacant after Bill Hamrick was appointed to a Superior Court judgeship.

In House District 67, Republican Micah Gravley of Paulding County easily defeated Democrat Leigh McMutry of Winston.

Gravley won 68 percent of the vote in winning eight of the nine precincts in the two-county district race. He won the district’s three Paulding precincts — Austin Middle, Nebo and Scoggins schools — and five in Douglas County. McMutry won her home precinct in Winston.

The seat was left vacant when Hembree resigned to run for Senate District 30.
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