Rep. Katie Dempsey heads into 7th term in House,

State Rep. Ed­die Lums­den also wins an­other term, with­out op­po­si­tion. A spe­cial elec­tion is pend­ing for the Dis­trict 14 seat.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By Diane Wag­ner DWag­

State Rep. Katie Dempsey, R-Rome, won a sev­enth term Tues­day, win­ning her race against Demo­crat John Bur­nette II with 66.54 per­cent of the vote.

“I’m grate­ful for the sup­port of so many peo­ple tonight,” Dempsey said. “I look for­ward to re­turn­ing to At­lanta, to be in­volved with is­sues that are im­por­tant to our com­mu­nity and boldly face the chal­lenges that come with new state lead­er­ship.”

House Dis­trict 13 takes in the whole city of Rome along with a swath of the sur­round­ing un­in­cor­po­rated area. Dempsey pulled in 10,302 votes to 5,168 for Bur­nette. There also were 13 write-ins.

Bur­nette, the owner of a lo­cal in­sur­ance agency, suf­fered a mild heart at­tack Tues­day. His spokesman, Vin­nie Ol­sziewski, said Bur­nette ex­pected to spend the night in the in­ten­sive care unit but was do­ing well.

“He was alert and watch­ing the re­turns,” Ol­sziewski said. “He sends his thanks to all his sup­port­ers.”

Dempsey chairs the hu­man re­sources sub­com­mit­tee of the House Ap­pro­pri­a­tions Com­mit­tee. She was a well-known com­mu­nity vol­un­teer with 15 years on the plan­ning com­mis­sion when she was ap­pointed to the Rome City Com­mis­sion in 2002 to re­place the re­tir­ing Napoleon Fielder. She served nearly four years be­fore step­ping down to run for the House seat be­ing va­cated by long­time law­maker Paul Smith, a Demo­crat.

She won the seat in the 2006 gen­eral elec­tion with 50.9 per­cent of the vote and did slightly bet­ter in 2008. She polled close to 65 per­cent in 2010 and just missed 70 per­cent in 2014. She was un­op­posed in 2012 and 2016.

Also on Tues­day, state Rep. Ed­die Lums­den, R-Ar­muchee, was re-elected with­out op­po­si­tion to his third two-year term in the House Dis­trict 12 seat. The dis­trict cov­ers Chat­tooga and the north­ern and west­ern ar­eas of Floyd County.

Lums­den, an in­sur­ance agent and re­tired Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol trooper, started his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer on the Floyd County Com­mis­sion. He served six years be­fore step­ping down in 2012 to run for the Ge­or­gia Gen­eral Assem­bly.

He won the seat from long­time Demo­cratic rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bar­bara Massey Reece that year, in his sec­ond try at oust­ing her. Lums­den was un­op­posed for re-elec­tion in 2014 and 2016.

Floyd County’s fourth leg­isla­tive del­e­gate will be de­cided in a spe­cial elec­tion to be an­nounced later this year.

Chris­tian Coomer, a Cartersville Repub­li­can, had been un­op­posed for re-elec­tion to the House Dis­trict 14 seat, which cov­ers half of Bar­tow and a piece of south­east Floyd County. How­ever, Gov. Nathan Deal ap­pointed Coomer to a va­cant seat on the Ge­or­gia Court of Ap­peals.

Coomer was sworn in Oct. 31, too late to re­move his name from the bal­lot. Elec­tions Board Chair Steve Miller said Coomer of­fi­cially with­drew from the race and no votes cast for him would be counted.

Rep. Katie Dempsey

John Bur­net­teII

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.