Price wins special election for legislative seat; three other races head to runoffs

[private]The wife of U.S. Rep. Tom Price snared a legislative seat in a special election for the Georgia House of Representatives.

Betty Price, 62, a Republican Roswell city council member, attracted 51 percent of the vote Tuesday in the race to replace the late Harry Geisinger in House District 48.

She amassed enough support to win without a runoff against GOP activist Dave McCleary and Democrat James Johnson.

There was a bit of a surprise in DeKalb County’s House District 80, a Republican-leaning district: the top finisher in Tuesday’s special election was a Democrat, attorney and former Georgia Tech quarterback Taylor Bennett.

Bennett took 37 percent of the vote and will face off against former Brookhaven mayor J. Max Davis, who garnered 31 percent support, in an Aug. 11 runoff.

Davis, who was supported by business groups like the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Republican Party establishment, barely edged out Catherine Bernard by 57 votes to secure the runoff spot. The winner will replace Mike Jacobs in the Legislature.

In House District 155, where Jay Roberts stepped down to take a job with the DOT, there will be a runoff between Clay Pirkle, a Sycamore farmer who had 37 percent of the vote, and Horace Hudgins, the former mayor of Ocilla, who pulled 31 percent support. Scott Downing and Sherry Miley finished out of the running.

The runoff election in House District 146 will pit two Houston County businessmen against each other: Shaw Blackmon (44 percent) and Larry Walker III (35 percent). Former district attorney Kelly Burke finished third in the race to replace Larry O’Neal.

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