Special election for state representative seat ends in runoff

Runoff voting scheduled for Feb. 4



MILTON, Ga. – Voting Jan. 7 for the state representative seat opened due to the passing of Rep. Calvin Hill ended with a runoff scheduled for Feb. 4.

The northern part of Milton in Fulton County and parts of southwestern Cumming in Forsyth County are represented by this position. Most of the district is in Cherokee County.

Four Republicans ran for the seat.

Business owner Sam Moore of Ball Ground is the No. 1 contender.

Unofficial results show teacher Meagan Biello of Canton will be Moore’s opponent with a 576-574 win over Ball Ground business professional Jeff Duncan.

Forsyth County Supervisor of Voter Registration and Elections Barbara Luth said a recount isn’t likely.

“Recounts in special and runoff elections aren’t common,” Luth said.

But Duncan released a statement saying he would make a decision about it in the next few days.

The special election impacted about 10,000 Forsyth County residents in three precincts, and 278 people voted along with two mail-in votes.

Luth said Moore had 148 votes, followed by Nate Cochran, a Free Home attorney, with 54. Duncan received 51 votes, and Biello came in fourth receiving 25 votes.

In Fulton County, Moore had 32 votes and Duncan had 13, while Biello and Cochran each had six.

Cherokee County had the largest voter turnout with 2,098 votes cast in 10 precincts.

Moore led with 744 votes while Biello received 545. Duncan followed with 510, and Cochran had 299 votes.

Those numbers may appear small, but Luth said they’re not.

“For a special election, that’s a good number,” she said.

Moore made a statement Tuesday night saying he felt good about his chances in the runoff.

If no recount is done and Biello is declared Moore’s opponent, she said she plans to campaign hard for the runoff election.

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