Voters signed in to cast ballots at Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School in July. Bob Andres/BANDRES@AJC.COM

Voters will choose state senator in runoff election Tuesday

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday for a runoff election to decide who will fill a Georgia Senate seat representing parts of DeKalb, Rockdale and Newton counties.

Former Rockdale Commissioner JaNice Van Ness, a Republican from Conyers, will face former state Rep. Tonya Anderson, a Democrat from Lithonia.

The winner of the election will represent Senate District 43, which covers about 173,000 residents.

Van Ness and Anderson were the two leading candidates among eight people on the ballot during a Nov. 3 special election.

The Senate seat became vacant in July when Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Sen. Ronald Ramsey, D-Lithonia, to become a judge in DeKalb County State Court’s Traffic Division.

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