Newcomers take helm in Forsyth County runoff

School superintendent and U.S. senate race to be decided in November

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Voters across Forsyth County decided runoff races Tuesday, July 22.

There were 17,126 voters this election and that included absentee, in person and mail, or 16 percent of the county’s active voters — 105,033, according Barbara Luth, supervisor of voter registration and election for the county.

The Republican-controlled county did not have any local Democrats running, so in January, the county will have a new solicitor general and a new state senator for District 27. The runoff took place because of the May 20 primary election.

William “Bill” Finch defeated incumbent Solicitor General Donna Gopaul with 9,611 votes to Gopaul’s 6,317 votes.

In March 2013, Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Gopaul to fill the solicitor general position left vacant by Leslie Abernathy Maddox, who was appointed as State Court judge of Forsyth County.

In the state senate race, newcomer Michael Williams won with 66 percent of the votes or 10,796 to incumbent Sen. Jack Murphy’s 5,518 votes.

Murphy has served the county since 2007.

The high-profile Republican Senate contest between 11-term U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston and businessman David Perdue went to Perdue locally by 56 percent of the vote and statewide by 50.9 percent.

Perdue will face Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn in November.

The Republican candidates for Georgia school superintendent were headed for a recount last week. In Forsyth, Richard Woods garnered 53 percent of the votes over Mike Buck, but statewide, the race was too close to call.

For the Democratic candidates for school superintendent, Valarie Wilson won with 57 percent of the votes in Forsyth County or 181 votes. Wilson defeated challenger Alisha Thomas Morgan.

In the small district that covers west Forsyth, District 22 State House, Wesley Cantrell won in Forsyth with 74 percent of the votes over Meagan Biello’s 25 percent. The district covers mostly Cherokee and parts of Milton went to Cantrell.

Voters return to the polls Nov. 4 for the General Election.