Recount upholds 10-vote Ga. Senate victory for Anderson

A recount Thursday confirmed former Lithonia Mayor Tonya Anderson’s 10-vote victory over Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler in last month’s Democratic runoff.

Anderson’s narrow margin didn’t change after the recount, according to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Anderson defeated Dawkins-Haigler 4,276-4,266 in the July 26 runoff.

Anderson will now face Republican Sen. JaNice Van Ness in November’s general election for Senate District 43, which covers parts of DeKalb, Rockdale and Newton counties.

The same candidates previously faced each other in a special election last December, when Van Ness won by 84 votes.

Van Ness, the founder of Peachtree Academy Private School and Early Childhood Centers in Conyers, won the Senate seat after Sen. Ronald Ramsey, D-Lithonia, was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to become a judge in DeKalb County State Court’s Traffic Division.

After serving as Lithonia’s mayor, Anderson was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2013 to 2015.

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