Former DeKalb official, secretary of state candidate advance to special election runoff

April 8, 2014. For file use anytime. Photo of the Georgia State Capitol taken from in front of the Sloppy Floyd Building April 8, 2014. BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM . Georgia's state Capitol (AJC file/Brant Sanderlin)
April 8, 2014. For file use anytime. Photo of the Georgia State Capitol taken from in front of the Sloppy Floyd Building April 8, 2014. BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM . Georgia's state Capitol (AJC file/Brant Sanderlin)

A former state representative and a public relations specialist are heading to a special election runoff next month to fill a vacant DeKalb County-based House seat in the Georgia General Assembly, according to unofficial election results.

Stan Watson, who also served as a DeKalb County commissioner, and Angela Moore, a public relations specialist who finished in third place in a 2010 primary for secretary of state, received the most votes out of the six Democratic candidates in Tuesday’s special election.

The two are vying to fill the House District 90 seat left vacant when state Rep. Pam Stephenson, D-Lithonia, resigned and withdrew her candidacy in September. Since neither Watson nor Moore received a majority of the about 3,000 votes cast, a runoff election is required. It will be held March 9.

Watson has had his fair share of scandal while in public office, including pleading guilty in 2017 to receiving about $3,000 in advances for government trips and using the money for personal purposes. Watson, who repaid the money before he was charged with a crime, was sentenced to 12 months of probation and 150 hours of community service for a misdemeanor count of theft by conversion.

Moore was removed from the ballot in 2015 in a special election for Senate District 43 after an investigation determined she did not live in the district.

Because no Republican was running for the seat and the special election is essentially a makeup for what would have been the November vote in the 90th District, which includes portions of DeKalb, Henry and Rockdale counties, only Democrats could vie for the seat.

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