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Henderson bests Hunte in runoff

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J.C. Henderson

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Sonya Hunte

COVINGTON — Newton County Commissioner J.C. Henderson easily won his runoff election against challenger Sonya Hunte on Tuesday.

According to preliminary results from the Newton County Board of Elections — with some absentee ballots yet to be counted — Henderson received 513 votes — or 62.48 percent — while Hunte garnered 308 votes, 37.52 percent.

No Republican candidate qualified for the seat, meaning Henderson will begin a sixth term representing the 4th District.

“First, I want to thank God,” Henderson said Tuesday night when the election results were tallied. “If you put God first, everything will be all right.”

Henderson also went on to express appreciation for his family, including his young grandson, who worked to get out the vote and campaign for him.

Even though Henderson won more votes in the May 20 primary election, he only received 49.38 percent of the vote — just shy of the 50 percent needed to win outright — while Hunte received 30.78 percent of the votes.

As he begins his sixth term in office, Henderson said he looks forward to seeing the completion of many projects earmarked for his district come to fruition.

Hunte, who works as the homeless education liaison for Atlanta Public Schools, said she was “grateful for the experience” of running in a campaign and said she will remain active, volunteering in the community for children and youth.

“I am grateful for the people I’ve met, for attempting to be a change agent for the local community and for bringing social and economic issues to the forefront,” Hunte said.