A former city councilman and school board member, Republican Matt Barton, won a runoff election Tuesday to fill the North Georgia state House seat held by Republican state Rep. John Meadows, who died in November.
Barton, the owner of a courier business, defeated Republican Jesse Vaughn, an attorney, to represent the Calhoun-based district that covers parts of Gordon and Murray counties, according to unofficial results.
Barton overcame Vaughn on Tuesday despite coming in second in last month’s six-way special election.
Barton, whose wife is a teacher, supports educators, Second Amendment rights and religious liberty, according to his campaign website.
Meadows was the chairman of the powerful Rules Committee and represented House District 5 for 14 years. He died at age 74.
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