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Posted: August 21, 2012 10:16 p.m.

Maddox, Dickerson win runoff races

Levie Maddox won a resounding victory in the runoff race for the Republican nomination for the Newton County Board of Commissioners District 5 seat, while Democratic incumbent Pam Dickerson edged out her challenger in the District 113 state representative race.

District 5 BOC
Maddox took 73.13 percent of the vote, garnering 588 votes against opponent Ronnie Dimsdale's 216 votes.
"It's an exciting time; there's no question about it," he said Tuesday night outside of the Republican campaign headquarters. "Hats off to Mr. Dimsdale, who ran a good, clean campaign; he's a good man.

"It's been an energetic and educational time on the trail these past 100 days, and a very intense time these past 23 days," he added. "This is the second out of three hurdles, and I hope I clear one more in November."

Maddox, 40, handles sales, marketing and business development for local metal recycling company LB Recycling. His platform includes promoting job growth and economic development, helping small businesses and remain fiscally conservative.

Maddox and his wife, Tara, have four children, Taylor, 15, Levie and Lexi, 13-year-old twins, and Ripken, 9.

Maddox will now face Democratic candidate Marcello Banes in the November General Election.
State Rep. 113 race

District 113 


The race was much closer in the District 113 race for state representative, but the incumbent Dickerson won both Newton and Rockdale counties on her way to victory.

Dickerson won with a total of 56 percent of the vote (754 votes) to Sawyer's 43.9 percent.

"It feels really good, because I feel like I've worked very hard to win this election and worked very hard as a legislator to represent everybody in the district, not just a county or a certain group of people," Dickerson said. "It's very important for me to live up to my slogan of ‘Pam for the People,' and I will continue to be the representative of the people."

Because there is no Republican candidate seeking the District 113 seat, Dickerson will serve another two-year term in the state house.

Dickerson said she will continue to work to pass house bills 680 and 681. H.B. 680 is a cyberbullying bill, while H.B. 681 is a bill designed to make it easier for school, churches and clubs to sell food at fundraisers by not making them meet the same food preparation standards as restaurants and not have to fill out lengthy applications nor pay a fee.

"I also plan to make education and healthcare a priority, and I'd like to continue to grow the women's wellness health fair, which we held for the first time this year. We need to make sure we are healthy and stay healthy."

Dickerson is a Delta flight attendant and part-time real estate agent and ran on a platform of promoting smaller class sizes for schools, protecting resident's homes values, promoting a bill to crack down on cyberbullying and working on health care, education and public safety issues.

Dickerson is involved in the Rotary Club of Rockdale, is active in her homeowners association and participates in the homeless ministry at Beulah Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur. She also participated in a representative leadership class at the state and is a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

 

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