District 22 special election race heads to runoff
by Joshua Sharpe
January 08, 2014 12:06 AM | 4712 views | 3 3 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — Macedonia resident Sam Moore easily took the most votes in Tuesday’s special election to head to a runoff for the District 22 seat in the state House, but it went down to the wire to see who will be on the ballot against him Feb. 4.

Cherokee County high school teacher Meagan Biello edged Ball Ground businessman Jeff Duncan out by just two votes to get the other spot on the runoff ballot next month, according to unofficial results Tuesday evening.

Moore led the field with about 924 votes, or about 38 percent of the 2,433 votes cast for the seat covering parts of Cherokee, Forsyth and Fulton counties. Biello got 576 votes, or about 24 percent, to Duncan’s 574 votes. Canton-based attorney Nate Cochran trailed the field with 359, or about 15 percent of the vote, unofficial results showed.

The candidates were vying in the special election to replace the late state Rep. Calvin Hill, who died from leukemia in late October.

Because Duncan missed the runoff by less than 1 percent of the vote, he is within his rights to ask for a recount within two business days of when the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office certifies the results of the election, said Janet Munda, Cherokee elections supervisor. Munda said she estimated the results would be certified by Monday.

Duncan said in a statement Tuesday night he would make a decision in the next few days on how to move forward.

“I am going to spend tonight with my family in prayer and reflection to determine what my next step will be in this process in the coming days,” Duncan said in the statement.

After the results came in Tuesday evening, Moore, the clear leader all night, said he felt good about his chances in the runoff.

“I think I have a great chance,” said Moore, who says he’s planning to open a small business. He said he would be going into the runoff with a lot of momentum.

Moore, who also led Cherokee with 744 votes, or about 38 percent, said his message of “freedom and liberty” has apparently gotten out to the voters, and he plans to go into the runoff with those principles.

To take home the seat Feb. 4, he’ll have Ball Ground resident Biello to contend with.

Biello, who came in second in Cherokee with 545 votes, or about 26 percent of the vote, said she planned to campaign hard before the runoff.

“I feel great; I’m reinvigorated,” Biello said Tuesday night. “I’m excited and I’m looking forward to the runoff.”

Biello said the support from her former students, colleagues and other voters meant the world to her.

“The amount of support they’ve given has been overwhelming and humbling,” she said.

Should Duncan ask for a recount, Biello said she was confident the results would tip in her favor again.

“If he does (ask for a recount), we’ll go with it,” she said.

Duncan also said he appreciated his support.

“This campaign has truly been humbling with the outpouring of prayers and support I have received through the process. I am grateful for the new friends I have made across our community and thankful for those who have worked so hard to support my campaign,” Duncan said

In Cherokee County, 2,098 voters turned out Tuesday, which counted as about 8.74 percent of the county’s 24,000 registered voters in District 22.

Munda said the turnout was encouraging.

“I’m very pleasantly surprised,” she said Tuesday night. “I think it was a good turnout, especially for the weather and just one race in the county.”

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L Hansen
January 08, 2014
I, for one, voted for Sam Moore for several reasons.

I believe he is the self-made man he states he is and has the experience to prove it. I feel he has the same concerns & beliefs as I do and is not afraid to speak up. And he will not bend to the threats from other legislators when they want him to go along with them. He'll stand up for his beliefs.

He has not "trashed" out streets with his signs as the other candidates have done. He gets full permission before putting up signs. He respects property rights unlike the others. Signs everywhere...some less than 15' a part.

He doesn't accept campaign contributions EXCEPT from voters.

I feel he cares about the citizens and their rights and will represent us in every way he possibly can.

In my opinion, Sam Moore is the person for the job...the only person.

You've got my vote again Sam Moore!
Ben Padgett
January 08, 2014
When I got a call asking me how I was to vote in a survey I was taken back Voting is a private thing. The robo calls from Cochran and Duncan were annoying and turned me off. When one Candidate started pushing anti abortion message

way beyond pro-life and in the extreme I was new

who to vote for. An endorsement from the tea party may be suspect now after poor placement of

candidates that could have won one 2 senate seats in the last national election. It Is sad when a movement is hijacked by the extreme faction. The Republican Party needs to get its message together and be a big tent and include all stripes of the GOP. I was impressed with the candidates over all and most were very civil in their campaigns. I think we may have some fine people representing us in the State House. See you February for the run-off. Vote early and avoid the FREEZE!
January 16, 2014
The problem is when the idealist meets and tries to work with the corrupt and greedy members already there. Play ball their way or the highway; Mr. Smith goes to Washington.
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