Democrats vie for Dist. 113 in runoff

The Covington News - - Local News - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­

Early vot­ing for the Aug. 21 runoff elec­tion has be­gun in New­ton County, and the fate of the Dis­trict 113 state rep­re­sen­ta­tive seat will be fi­nally de­cided in the elec­tion.

Democrats Pam Dick­er­son and Sharon Sawyer were the top two vote-get­ters in the pri­mary elec­tion, gar­ner­ing 42.07 and 32.47 per­cent re­spec­tively, and, as no Repub­li­can qual­i­fied for the seat, the win­ner of the runoff will be the next rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

For­mer state rep­re­sen­ta­tive Toney Collins, who took third place in this year’s pri­mary for Dis­trict 113, has de­cided to throw his sup­port be­hind Sawyer in an ef­fort to put her over the top.

“I know she has a good rep­u­ta­tion in New­ton County, and I had heard about her for a long time be­fore the race,” Collins said. “She’s for sup­port­ing se­niors, which is my top pri­or­ity. She cares for health­care, vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and help­ing kids who need help.”

At the same time, Sawyer pro­motes the fact that she works at Litho­nia Lighting in Cony­ers, so she knows that community as well.

For her part, Dick­er­son says she has been in­volved in both coun­ties as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the past two years, and she stands on her record to date, not­ing it makes her the most qual­i­fied can­di­date.

“Two years ago, the peo­ple elected me to rep­re­sent them and my record shows that I have faith­fully and ef­fec­tively served their needs as their rep­re­sen­ta­tive. I have worked hard to cre­ate liv­able-wage jobs; at­tract more busi­nesses to our state; im­prove ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for our chil­dren; in­crease qual­ity, af­ford­abil­ity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity of our health­care net­work while mak­ing our streets, neigh­bor­hoods, busi­nesses and com­mu­ni­ties safer,” Dick­er­son said in an email.

Toney Collins (right) an­nounced Sun­day that he would en­dorse Sharon Sawyer in the runoff elec­tion.


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