Reps. Dawkins-Haigler, Anderson Head to SD 43 Run-off, as Senate Incumbents Do Well in Primaries
(APN) ATLANTA — Out of all the State Senate Districts that touch Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties, there will be one Run-off, in State Senate District 43, where currently a Republican is serving in a highly Democratic-leaning District.
In all other races, incumbents either defeated challengers or had no challengers. State Sen. Donzella James (D-Atlanta) easily defeated a Primary challenger, in one high profile race.
Incumbent State Sen. JaNice Van Ness (R-Conyers) had no Republican Primary challenger, and will face either State Rep. Tonya P. Anderson (D-Lithonia) or Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia) in the November general election.
Van Ness won her seat in a Special Election in late 2015 that occurred when then-incumbent State Sen. Ronald Ramsey was appointed to a judgeship.
Van Ness’s victory in the Democratic District is attributed to low voter turnout in a Special Election Run-off where she had faced Rep. Anderson.
Anderson had resigned from her State House seat in September 2015 to run for State Senate. State Rep. Doreen Carter (D-Lithonia) is currently in that seat.
State Rep. Dawkins-Haigler resigned from her State House seat this year to seek Van Ness’s State Senate seat.
She and former State Rep. Tonya P. Anderson (D-Lithonia), are headed for a runoff on July 26, 2016. Dawkins-Haigler received 34.45 percent of the vote while Anderson received 46.05 percent.
Dawkins-Haigler’s resignation created an open seat in House District 91, in which former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones in a Primary Run-off.
Here is an overview of the results from the other races touching Fulton and DeKalb:
Incumbent State Sen. Hunter Hill (R-Atlanta) and Democratic challenger Jaha Howard did not face primary challenges. They will face each other in the November general election.
Incumbent State Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) defeated Republican challenger Aaron Barlow, an investor from Milton, in the Primary, with 58.33 percent of the vote.
There is no Democratic challenger for the Senate seat.
Republican Matt Brass, a former U.S. Congressional Chief of Staff, from Newnan, defeated Hayden Marlowe, a manager and a Republican from Newnan, in the Primary with 81.65 percent of the vote. This district includes part of Chattahoochee Hills in south Fulton.
Incumbent State Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta) had no challenger. This district includes part of Sandy Springs in north Fulton.
Incumbent State Sen. Donzella James (D-Atlanta) defeated challenger Tony Phillips from Palmetto in the Primary with 74.98 percent of the vote. State Sen. James will face no challenger in the November general election.
Incumbent State Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) had no primary challenger and will run unopposed in the November general election.
Incumbent State Sen. Horacena Tate (D-Atlanta) will face teacher/coach James (J.W.) Morrow Jr., a Republican from Austell, in the General Election.
Incumbent State Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta) ran unopposed, and will not face a challenger in the November general election. A candidate who had previously qualified to run in the Democratic Primary was disqualified in a ruling upheld by Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
Incumbent State Sen. Fran Millar (R-Atlanta) defeated Paul Maner, a financial advisor from Atlanta in the Republican Primary with 79.95 percent of the vote.
State Senator Millar will face Tamara Johnson-Shealey, a Democrat, advocate, and former business owner of Tucker, in the General Election.
Incumbent State Sen. Steve Henson (D-Tucker) had no opponents and will not face a challenger in the November general election.
Incumbent State Sen. Elena C. Parent (D-Atlanta) will face Republican and former educator Kenneth Brett Quarterman, of Atlanta, in the General Election.
Incumbent State Sen. Gail Davenport (D-Jonesboro) ran unopposed. She has no challenger in the November general election.
Incumbent State Sen. David J. Shafer (R-Duluth) ran unopposed. He has no challenger in the November general election.
Incumbent State Sen. Gloria Butler (D-Stone Mountain) will face Republican challenger Annette Davis Jackson, a businesswoman from Lilburn, in the November general election.
Patrick Thompson, a businessman from Roswell, defeated Akhtar Sadiq, a business consultant, from Roswell, in the Democratic Primary, with 53.15 percent of the vote. Thompson will face incumbent State Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell) in the November general election.