Dave Belton, right, Republican candidate for the state House District 112 seat, campaigns Tuesday afternoon with incumbent District 112 Rep. Doug Holt. The two waved at passersby and voters who stopped to cast a ballot at the Brick Store precinct. Belton won the runoff election Tuesday and will face Democrat Patsy Harris in the November General Election. Holt, who is serving his fifth term in the post, is not seeking re-election in November. (Staff Photo: Alice Queen)
COVINGTON — A long campaign season in the state House District 112 race finally came to an end Tuesday night with Dave Belton emerging as the winner in a hard-fought, thin-margin Republican runoff.
Belton won the race by a margin of 108 votes, or about 2 percent. He attributed the victory to the hard work of his supporters.
“We had a really great team in Newton and Morgan counties and a lot of people did a lot of hard work,” Belton said.
Belton and opponent Aaron Brooks survived a three-man Republican race in the May 20 general primary election to battle it out over the course of two months of campaigning leading up to Tuesday’s runoff. Esther Fleming finished third in the primary balloting.
The District 112 seat is currently held by Republican Doug Holt. Five-term incumbent Holt is not seeking re-election. Belton will face Democrat Patsy Harris, a Morgan County resident, in the Nov. 4 General Election. District 112 includes all of Morgan County and the eastern portion of Newton County.
Belton, a Morgan County resident, campaigned on quality growth and improving education. Bolstered by endorsements from Holt and Fleming, Belton carried Morgan by 1,449 votes to 644 for Brooks. In Newton County, Belton garnered 1,436 votes to 2,133 for Brooks.
Belton congratulated Brooks on a well-run campaign.
“He ran an excellent race,” Belton said. “He’s a great candidate and I think he has a great political future ahead of him.”