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McBrayer, Williams win by landslide
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Local Contested Race Results
Board of Commissioners Post 2
Josie Dean: 633, 14.57%
Arlan Gibson: 668, 15.37%
Doreen L. Williams: 3044, 70.06%
Board of Education, Post 1
Alberteen Young: 2477, 28.53%
Jim McBrayer: 6193, 71.32%
U.S. Congress, Fourth District
(Covers all Rockdale precincts and portions of Dekalb, Newton, and Gwinnett Counties)
Tom Brown: (2021, 43.54 % Rockdale) 21,875, 45.24%
overall district
Henry "Hank" Johnson, Jr. (incumbent): ( 2621, 56.46% Rockdale) 26,474, 54.76% overall district
State House District 91
(Covers Flat Shoals, Honey Creek, Magnet, Olde Towne, Rockdale, Salem, Smyrna, St. Pius, Stanton precincts and portions of Dekalb County)
Diane Adoma: (707, 32.79% Rockdale) 1186, 29.94% overall district
Dee Dawkins-Haigler (incumbent): ( 1449, 67.21% Rockdale) 2775, 70% overall district
State House District 113
(Covers Fieldstone precinct and portions of Newton County)
Sharon G. Sawyer: (58, 14.99% Rockdale) 1019, 34.28% overall district
Pam Dickerson (incumbent): (329, 85.01% Rockdale) 1954, 65.72% overall district

It was a night for incumbents in Tuesday's local primaries as school board Chairman Jim McBrayer and Board of Commissioners Democratic nominee Dr. Doreen Williams each won their races by a landside - more than 70 percent - avoiding a runoff in the three-way BOC primary.

In November, Williams will face Republican incumbent Commissioner JaNice Van Ness, who had no opposition in the Republican primary.

Incumbents also won big in local state races. Fourth District Congressman Hank Johnson rode a solid margin of 10 points over his opponent, former DeKalb Sheriff Tom Brown. State House 91 Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler and State House 113 Rep. Pam Dickerson both swept back into office with more than 60 percent of the votes, or more than 30 points over their opponents.

About 9,520 voters cast their ballots, or about 19.8 percent, out of about 48,000 active registered voters. Turnout for the primary was slow, especially with the earlier-than-usual primary date. Typically, the primary date is in July and early voting wouldn't start until June.

Voters head back to the polls July 22 for runoffs in state races, including the Democratic and Republican State Superintendent and Republican Senate. For more information, go to or the Rockdale Board of Elections Office at or call 770-278-7333.

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