House 14 race: Scoggins takes four-person race to earn seat representing Bartow, Floyd counties in the state House.

House 14 race: Scoggins takes four-person race to earn seat representing Bartow, Floyd counties in the state House.

Retired Probate Court Judge Mitchell Scoggins went on to win a seat in the state House of Representatives race with nearly two thirds of the vote on Tuesday. He will join the rest of the General Assembly as it convenes Jan. 14, representing House District 14.

Said Scoggins on his campaign Facebook page: “We have done it! First, I want to thank God for allowing me the opportunity to serve District 14. I am so humbled by the election results tonight. I also want to thank each and every one of you that prayed for me, that contributed to the campaign, that supported me and voted for me. I am so grateful for you all. I am looking forward to being your representative at the state House.”

Scoggins beat Ken Coomer, Nickie Leighly and Nathan Wilson in a race that some thought would need a runoff to decide. That wasn’t nearly the case. The unofficial vote from Tuesday’s election (as well as advance and early voting)

HOUSE DISTRICT 14 special election.

Coomer: 28.1% or 893 votes

Leighly: 4.8% or 155 votes.

Scoggins: 64.5% or 2,048 votes.

Wilson: 2.4% or 77 votes.

Click here for the districtwide results: District

Click here for Bartow County results. 8 of 8 precincts. 10.9% turnout or 2,712 of 24,718 eligible voters.

Coomer: 23.3% or  631 votes.

Leighly: 4% or 109 votes.

Scoggins: 70.5% or 1,910 votes.

Wilson: 2.2% or 59 votes.

Click here for Floyd County results. 5 of 5 precincts. Turnout: 5.2% or 467 of 8,979 eligible voters.

Coomer: 56.5 % or 262 votes.

Leighly: 9.9% or 46 votes.

Scoggins: 29.7% or 138 votes.

Wilson: 3.9% or 18 votes.

About Mitchell Scoggins: Before being elected Probate Judge, he worked for the Tax Commissioner for eight years, and has a combined 35 years of service with the Bartow County government. He and his wife, Donna, have been married for 40 years and have two grown sons and two granddaughters. He is an active member of Cross Point City Church.

Scoggins fills the seat of Christian Coomer — Ken Coomer’s son — who was appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals in October.


HOUSE DISTRICT 5 special election

Six qualify for House District 5 special election on Jan. 8: From the Secretary of State’s Office: Notice is hereby given that a special election shall be held on Jan. 8, in the parts of Gordon and Murray counties that comprise Georgia House District 5 after the passing of state Rep. John Meadows. A run-off, if needed, shall be held on Feb. 5. A total of six candidates including five Republicans and one Democrat qualified for the election. Candidates who qualified:

  • Matt Barton, Republican
  • Steve Cochran, Republican
  • Lawrence (Larry) Massey Jr., Republican
  • Brian Rosser, Democrat
  • Scott Tidwell, Republican
  • Jessie L. Vaughn, Republican

From Shea Hicks, Gordon County Elections Supervisor: Those precincts eligible to vote in this special election include:

  • 1055 Plainville
  • 1064 Oostanaula
  • 1054 Sugar Valley
  • 980 Resaca
  • 1063 Pine Chapel
  • 849-A County/Belmont
  • 849-B City of Calhoun
  • 856 Lily Pond
  • 973 Red Bud (this precinct is split some voters will not be eligible to vote in this special election, only if you reside in House District 5).
  • 1056 Sonoraville (this precinct is split some voters will not be eligible to vote in this special election, only if you reside in House District 5).
  • NOTE: Oakman and Fairmount voting precincts will not be eligible to vote in this special election.

Early Voting today through  Friday, Jan. 4 with the exception that the Gordon County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office will be closed on Dec. 24-25 and on Jan. 1. To cast your ballot early you will go to the Gordon County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office at 215 N Wall St., Calhoun. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. To check your voter registration status and to view your districts please visit www.mvp.sos.ga.gov or call the Gordon County Board of Elections Office at 706-629-7781.

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