An apparent victory in Tuesday’s Republican primary race puts Leah Aldridge, an attorney and owner of Atlanta Breastfeeding Consultants LLC, on the path to face state Sen. Jen Jordan, D-Atlanta, in November.

As of press time, Aldridge had received 5,815 votes across state Senate District 6, good for 56.8 percent, to defeat John Gordon, owner of Gordon Document Products, who received 4,425 total votes, or 43.2 percent, from across the district, according to unofficial results.

The district includes south Marietta, Smyrna, Cumberland and Buckhead.

Aldridge received 1,798 votes from the Cobb portion of the district, or 55.6 percent, while Gordon received 1,434 Cobb votes, or 44.4 percent, according to unofficial results.

Aldridge will turn her sights on the Nov. 6 general election and state Sen. Jordan, who won a special election in 2017 to complete former state Sen. Hunter Hill’s term after he resigned to run for governor.

Castellana wins Dem. primary, will face state Rep. Setzler this fall

Salvatore Castellana, a restaurant owner and transportation manager, won the Democratic primary for state House District 35 Tuesday, setting up a confrontation with incumbent state Rep. Ed Setzler, R-Acworth, for November.

Castellana received 1,207 votes, good for 62 percent, to defeat Kyle Rinaudo, percussion instructor at Campbell High School and guest services employee with Marriott International in Atlanta, who received 739 total votes, or 38 percent, according to unofficial results.

The district includes Acworth and the northwest corner of Cobb County

Castellana will now face Setzler, who has been in the Georgia House of Representatives since 2005.

Ginny Ehrhart, Gray head to runoff for House District 36

Ginny Ehrhart, author, radio host and business owner, and Tom Gray, pastor at Mars Hill Community Church, will compete in a runoff to decide the Republican party’s nominee for retiring state Rep. Earl Ehrhart’s seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Neither candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote on Tuesday, according to unofficial results. The runoff election will be held July 24.

Ginny Ehrhart, Earl Ehrhart’s wife, received 2,423 votes, good for 47.6 percent, to finish first, according to unofficial results, and Gray received 2,225 votes, or 43.7 percent, to finish second. Rob Harrell, who runs a construction business, finished third with 446 votes, or 8.8 percent, according to unofficial results.

Earl Ehrhart announced his retirement from the Georgia House in March after 30 years in the Legislature.

The winner of the Republican runoff will go on to face Democrat Jen Slipakoff, an LGBTQ advocate, in November’s general election. Slipakoff was unopposed on Tuesday.

Williams to face Rep. Teasley after winning Tuesday’s Democratic primary

Mary Frances Williams, a public policy consultant, appears to have bested two other Democrats in Tuesday’s primary election to earn the party’s nomination for the District 37 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.

As of press time, Williams had received 1,938 votes, good for 70.3 percent, in the Democratic primary, according to unofficial results.

Ragin Edwards, a senior manager for global sales opearations, received 501 votes, or 18.2 percent, to finish second, and Bill Bolton, computer consultant, finished third with 319 votes, or 11.6 percent, according to unofficial results at press time.

If the results hold, Williams will go on to face state Rep. Sam Teasley, R-Marietta, in the Nov. 6 general election.

The district includes southwest, central and northeast Marietta.

Rep. Thomas avoids runoff

State Rep. Erica Thomas, D-Austell, has survived a primary challenge from three fellow Democrats.

Thomas took the win in Tuesday’s District 39 primary with 2,415 votes out of a total 4,519 for a total of 53.4 percent, enough to avoid going to a runoff this summer. She is set to face Republican James “J.W.” Morrow Jr., an Austell teacher and coach, in November.

In second place was business owner Sheila Edwards with 1,442 votes, or 31.9 percent. Family nurse practitioner Victoria Randle got 414 votes, and leadership coach Tray S. Deadwyler got 248.

Thomas was elected in 2014 and is vice chair of the house minority caucus.

Bentley takes District 40 GOP nomination

Attorney Matt Bentley has defeated Taryn Bowman, who works in the film industry, to become the Republican candidate for District 40 state representative.

Bentley got 2,428 votes out of a total 3,604, or 67.4 percent, unofficial results show, while Bowman got 1,176, or 32.6 percent.

He is set to go on to face the winner of the Democratic primary, retiree Sandra Bullock, in November.

The race for the seat began after state Rep. Rich Golick, R-Smyrna, announced he would be stepping down at the end of the year to spend more time with his family.

Leaders from both parties have said they expect the District 40 race to be the most competitive on this year’s general election ballot.

Bullock wins Dem nomination for District 40

Retiree Sandra Bullock will be the Democratic candidate for District 40 state representative after defeating consultant Erick Allen in Tuesday’s primary election.

Bullock got 2,103 votes out of a total 3,583, or 58.7 percent. Allen got 1,480, or 41.3 percent.

She is set to go on to face the winner of the Republican primary, Attorney Matt Bentley, in November.

The candidates will race to replace state Rep. Rich Golick, R-Smyrna, who has announced he would be stepping down at the end of the year to spend more time with his family.

Harris will take on Rep. Smith in District 41

Marketing director Deanna Harris has defeated fellow Republican Bryan Almanza, a college student, for the chance to face Democratic incumbent state Rep. Michael Smith, D-Marietta, in the November general election.

In Tuesday’s primary, Harris took 784 votes out of a total 1,203, or 65 percent. Almanza got 419 votes, or 34.8 percent.

When Smith first took office in 2012, he got nearly two-thirds of the vote over his Republican opponent. In the two elections since, he ran unopposed.

But Harris, an African-American woman, told the MDJ last month her background in the community and business experience will give her the edge to flip the seat in November.

Rep. Parsons easily holds seat

State Rep. Don Parsons, R-north Cobb, defended his seat against primary challenger Homer Crothers, a retiree, in Tuesday’s Republican primary. He is set to go on to face Democrat Chinita Allen, a teacher, in the November general election.

Parsons got 2,835 votes out of a total 3,577, or 79.3 percent. Crothers got 742 votes, or 20.7 percent.

The 70-year-old Parsons, who was first elected state representative in 1994, is vying for his 13th two-year term. He is Cobb’s longest currently serving legislator behind state Rep. Earl Ehrhart, R-Powder Springs, who is not seeking re-election.


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