Beth Beskin
Beth Beskin

Beth Beskin appeared to handily win the Republican nomination to a Buckhead-based seat in the Georgia House of Representatives during the Republican Primary runoff July 22.
With 12 of 17 precincts reporting, Beskin had outpolled John McCloskey — who had announced he would not campaign for the seat during the runoff campaign and who had endorsed Beskin — by more than five to one.
Beskin led the field of four candidates in the May 20 Republican Primary election for the nomination to represent District 54 in the state House of Representatives.
The seat had been held by Rep. Ed Lindsey, who did not seek re-election while running unsuccessfully for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Lindsey recently resigned the seat to take a post with a new state committee studying transportation funding.
Beskin claimed 49.9 percent of the 4,143 votes cast in the primary election and nearly won the nomination outright. But Georgia requires winning candidates to collect more than half the votes cast in a race, so Beskin found herself in a runoff with fellow McCloskey, who received about 30 percent of the votes on May 20.
The winner of the runoff will face Democrat Bob Gibeling in the November general election.
A third candidate also will appear on the ballot. Independent candidate Bill Bozarth collected more than 1,777 signatures on his petition to be included in the race and state officials have qualified him as a candidate.

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.

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