Democrats vie for Dist. 113 in runoff
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.