Campaigning went down to the wire Tuesday as candidates worked to get their supporters to the polls for the primary elections. Karen Brooks, mother of state House District 112 candidate Aaron Brooks, was out early in the morning greeting motorists who passed the Hub Precinct at Berean Baptist Church, just off U.S. Highway 278 in eastern Newton County. According to preliminary results Tuesday, he will face Morgan County resident Dave Belton in a runoff in July. (Staff Photo: Alice Queen)
COVINGTON — Based on preliminary vote totals, Covington resident Aaron Brooks and Morgan County resident Dave Belton will square off in a runoff for state House District 112. Neither one received more than 50 percent of the vote in a three-person field vying for the seat previously held by Republican Doug Holt.
Brooks received 35.35 percent of the vote Tuesday with 1,593 and Belton garnered 1,527 votes, or 33.88 percent. Former Newton County Commissioner Ester Fleming pulled in 1,387 votes, or 30.77 percent.
Brooks also received more votes in Newton County with 39.94 percent of the Newton County Republicans casting a ballot for him. Fleming received 35.32 percent of the Newton County vote, and Belton received just under 25 percent.
According to the Secretary of State’s website, 18.45 percent of Newton County voters turned out for Tuesday’s vote. Statewide turnout was just under 11 percent.
“I’m feeling fantastic,” Brooks said Tuesday as the results came in. “I am thrilled. To not be that well known and not have the name recognition and to do what we have done is incredible.”
He said he was “blessed” with a great campaign staff and supporters and looks forward to working “just as hard if not harder” as he moves toward a runoff.
With numbers unofficial Tuesday night, Belton was hesitant to comment.
Brooks and Belton will again be on the ballot in July for the runoff and the winner of that race will face Democrat Patsy Harris in the November General Election. Harris ran unopposed in the primary race.
State Rep. Pam Dickerson won her third term to the 113th District. The Conyers resident once again faced a Democratic primary challenge from Newton County resident Sharon Sawyer.
Dickerson, who has worked for Delta Airlines and as vice president of the Beulah Missionary Homeless Street Ministry, was first elected to the state House in 2010 and successfully won re-election in 2012 when she and Sawyer were in a runoff race after defeating Toney Collins in the primary.
She received nearly 64 percent of the vote district wide to Sawyer’s 36 percent. In Newton County, Dickerson secured nearly 63 percent of the local Democratic votes to Sawyer’s 37 percent.