COVINGTON -- The race for the new 113th state House District is headed to a runoff between incumbent Pam Dickerson of Conyers and Newton County resident Sharon Sawyer.
None of the three Democratic candidates qualified to run for the 113th District received more than 50 percent of the vote, which means the top two vote-getters -- Dickerson and Sawyer -- will meet again in the Aug. 21 runoff election.
The 113th District is the new number of the 95th District currently represented by Dickerson. Sawyer and former state Rep. Toney Collins of Conyers aimed to unseat the one-term representative to represent the new district that includes the eastern portion of Rockdale County and the western portion of Newton County.
According to the Secretary of State's website, Dickerson received 1,959 votes, garnering 42.07 percent of the vote. Sawyer received 1,512 votes, or 32.47 percent of the vote. Collins, who represented the 95th House District from 2008-10, garnered 25.45 percent of the vote, or 1,185 ballots cast in favor of him.
While Dickerson did not reach 50 percent of the vote districtwide, she did receive 56.69 percent of the vote -- 356 votes -- in Rockdale County. Collins came in second there with 205 votes, or 32.64 percent, and Sawyer received 67 votes, or 10.67 percent of the vote.
In Newton County, Dickerson was still the top vote getter with 1,603 votes, or 39.80 percent. However, Sawyer came in a close second with 1,445 votes, or 35.87 percent. Collins received 980 votes, or 24.33 percent.
The race for state House District 92 is also headed for a runoff.
The district roughly runs along Interstate 20 and includes the city of Lithonia and surrounding DeKalb County precincts and the city of Conyers and surrounding precincts in Rockdale County.
Tonya P. Anderson of Lithonia and Rockdale County resident Doreen Williams secured the most votes out of the field of five Democratic candidates. Anderson received 1,105 votes for 24.62 percent of the vote. Williams came in second with 1,075 votes, or 23.95 percent.
The winner of the runoff will represent the district since no Republican qualified.
Rockdale County resident Sherri L. Washington was a close third with 1,016 votes, or 22.64 percent. Doreen Carter of Lithonia and Conyers resident Kathy L. Harvey rounded out the field with 19.76 percent and 9.02 percent, respectively.
Other state elections affecting Rockdale and Newton counties are as follows:
-- 90th House District
Incumbent Pam Stephenson easily defeated a primary challenge from Scott Hughes to retain her seat. Stephenson of Lithonia received 6,035 votes, or 79.12 percent, to Decatur resident Hughes' 20.88 percent of the vote.
-- 109th House District
McDonough resident Dale Rutledge unseated incumbent Steve Davis, also of McDonough, in the Republican primary for the 109th House District. No Democrat qualified for the seat.
-- 114th House District
Incumbent Tom Kirby successfully defended against a primary challenge from Republican Rod Upton of Loganville. Kirby received 5,003 votes, or 67.93 percent, to Upton's 2,362 votes, which was 32.07 percent of the ballots cast.
-- 17th Senate District
Neither Republican Rick Jeffares, the incumbent from Locust Grove, nor Democrat Nelva Lee from McDonough faced primary opposition. Jeffares and Lee will square off in the November General Election.
-- 43rd Senate District
Sen. Ron Ramsey, D-Decatur, faced neither primary nor any Republican opposition.