Democratic Run-offs Set in Georgia House Districts 59, 62, 63, 91


janine and debra(APN) ATLANTA — There are four State House Run-offs in Democratic Primary races, scheduled for July 26, 2016, among House Districts that encompass parts of Fulton and/or DeKalb Counties: House District 59 in Atlanta and East Point; 62 and 63 in South Fulton; and 91 in Lithonia.


As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, there was a major upset of a moderate Democrat incumbent, State Rep. Rahn Mayo (D-Decatur), by progressive Renitta Shannon.


In the other State House races in Fulton and DeKalb, all incumbents easily won reelection, while Republican Run-offs are scheduled for open seats.


This article reviews the four Run-offs, followed by all the other State House races.




David Dreyer, an attorney from Atlanta; and Janine Brown, a retiree and former Union VP from Atlanta, will face each other in a runoff election on July 26, 2016.


Dreyer received 38.74 percent of the vote to Brown’s 39.71 percent.


Atlanta Progressive News endorsed Brown, based on her background as an activist and questionnaire responses.


Democrat Josh Noblitt did not advance into the Run-off.


The winner of the July Run-off will not face a Republican challenger in the November general election.  Incumbent State Rep. Margaret Kaiser (D-Atlanta) is not seeking reelection and is expected to likely run for Mayor of Atlanta in 2017.




District 62 will have a Runoff Election between Valerie V. Vie, an attorney from Douglasville, who received 27.16 percent of the vote, and William K. Boddie Jr., an attorney from Atlanta, who received 24.76 percent of the vote.


Vie responded to the APN Questionnaire, while Boddie did not.


APN had endorsed Rafer Johnson in this race, but he did not advance into the Run-off Election.


The winner of the Run-off will not face a Republican challenger.


State Rep. LaDawn Blackett Jones (D-Atlanta) is not seeking reelection.




District 63 will hold a Runoff Election between Debra Bazemore, a former Chief of Staff for a State Senator and a State Committee member for the Georgia Democratic Party from College Park who received 29.39 percent of the vote, and Linda Pritchett, a paralegal from Riverdale, who received 24.60 percent of the vote.


APN endorsed Bazemore in this race, based on her questionnaire responses and activist background.


As previously reported by APN, candidate Linda Becquer-Pritchett has a troubling criminal past.


The winner of the runoff will not face a Republican challenger.  This district includes part of College Park and unincorporated south Fulton.




There will be a runoff between Democratic candidates Rhonda S. Taylor, a consultant from Rockdale County, who received 25.88 percent of the vote; and former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones, a consultant from Lithonia, who received 48.93 percent of the vote.


The winner of the runoff will face lone Republican Carl Anuszczyk, a CEO from Conyers, in the November general election.


Incumbent State Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia) is running for State Senate.



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