Republican wins southwest Georgia seat in state House

January 29, 2020 GMT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Republican county party chairman has won the special election for a southwest Georgia House seat left vacant by the death of a lawmaker last year.

Joe Campbell of Camilla received just over 58% of the nearly 4,900 votes cast, according to unofficial results from the Georgia secretary of state’s office Tuesday.

Campbell will replace Republican Jay Powell, a longtime lawmaker who died at a legislative retreat in November. State House District 171 spans parts of Colquitt, Decatur and Mitchell counties.

Jewell Howard, a Democrat from Baconton, finished in second with just over 33% of the votes. Tommy Akridge, a Republican from Camilla, received roughly 8% of votes.

Campbell is chairman of the Mitchell County Republican Party and has said he’ll focus on agricultural issues.

The seat will be up for grabs again in a general election in November.