The only incumbent member of the Georgia House in a runoff, state Rep. Paulette Rakestraw, lost re-election Tuesday.
Rakestraw was defeated by Joseph Gullett, the former chairman of the Paulding County Republican Party. Gullett will face Democrat Alison Feliciano, the CEO of a company that helps people repair their credit, in the November general election.
The district has changed hands several times in recent years.
House Speaker Glenn Richardson, R-Hiram, resigned in 2009 after confessing to an affair with a lobbyist, and he was replaced in a 2010 special election by Daniel Stout, a Republican whose background included an affair with his mother-in-law. Rakestraw defeated Stout in a regular primary election later that year.
Among other state House runoffs:
- Ginny Ehrhart beat Thomas Gray to replace Ehrhart’s husband, Earl, a Republican who is retiring from the Powder Springs seat. She’ll face Democrat Jen Slipakoff in the general election.
- Democrat El-Mahdi Holly defeated Tarji Leonard Dunn in the runoff for a Henry County seat. He’ll challenge incumbent state Rep. Geoff Cauble, R-Locust Grove, in November.
- In a Macon district, Republican Dale Washburn bested Gary Bechtel in the runoff to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon. Washburn doesn’t have an opponent in November.
- Jessica Walden beat Gregory D. Odoms in the Democratic primary runoff for an open Bleckley County seat. State Rep. Bubber Epps, R-Dry Branch, is retiring from the Legislature. Waldon will be opposed by Republican Danny Mathis in the general election.
- Bonnie Rich was victorious against Kipper Tabb in a Republican runoff for a Duluth-area district, a seat currently held by outgoing state Rep. Brooks Coleman. Rich faces Democrat Aisha Yaqoob in November.
- In another Gwinnett County district, Paula Hastings defeated Zach Procter in a race to succeed state Rep. Buzz Brockway, a Republican from Lawrenceville who ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state. Hastings will be challenged by Democrat Gregg Kennard in the general election.
- Republican Donna Sheldon won against Robin Mauck in another Gwinnett district, hoping to fill the seat left open by retiring state Rep. Joyce Chandler, also a Republican. Sheldon faces Democrat Donna McLeod in November.
— Staff writer Jim Galloway contributed to this article.
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