District 31 State Sen. Bill Heath, R-Bremen, defeated Bill Carruth 55 percent to 45 percent, but Chief Magistrate Judge Martin Valbuena took the race from Dan Collins by only eight votes.
Collins will have two days after the Board of Elections certifies Tuesday’s runoff election to file for a recount, Elections Supervisor Deidre Holden said today.
Collins said he was unsure whether he would file for a recount.
“I haven’t made up my mind yet,” said Collins. “I’m going to talk to some people at the courthouse tomorrow [Thursday] to see if it’s worth it.”
The candidate said he believed the close election showed the need for clean, positively run campaigns.
“I had no election committee. I ran a very clean campaign and there was no negativity,” he said. “To me, it shows that people want that, just two people talking about what they plan to do while in office.”
Heath will serve his fifth term in the state Senate after being re-elected to District 31. He will be unopposed in the November general election.
“I would just like to say thanks to everyone who went out and voted,” Heath said. “It’s very important that everyone comes out to vote. I look forward to continuing to serve this district and thank everyone for their confidence in me.
“I plan to continue to do what I’ve done for the last seven years, and that is represent this district and continue to be fiscally responsible.”
Former representative Bob Snelling took the Republican nomination for new House District 66 with 82 percent of the vote, easily defeating Mike Miller, a Douglas County School Board member.
Snelling will face Democrat Kimberly Alexander of Dallas in the November general election.
District 66 includes parts of Douglas and Paulding counties.
Holden said everything “ran smoothly” at the polls for the runoff. Eleven voting precincts were in operation.
“Everything went great,” she said. “All the precincts ran smoothly. We had a great election day.”