Beth Beskin
Beth Beskin

Republican Beth Beskin claimed nearly 60 percent of the vote Nov. 4 to win a seat that represents Buckhead in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Beskin defeated two other candidates in the three-way race by large enough margins to avoid a runoff election, according to unofficial vote totals posted on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website. Democrat Bob Gibeling collected 30 percent of the votes cast and independent Bill Bozarth attracted about 11 percent.

“Thanks to each and every one of you, I won the election yesterday with slightly more than 59 percent of the vote,” Beskin said in an email to supporters on Nov. 5.  “I am thrilled, elated and honored to be elected to serve you and all Georgians in the Georgia General Assembly.”

Gibeling also thanked supporters in an email Nov. 5. “We chipped away at the GOP majority in this district in a very Republican year, bringing it down from 64 percent in 2012 to 59 percent in 2014,” he wrote. “I called Beth Beskin this morning to congratulate her and she was very gracious in complimenting us on the campaign we ran.”

Beskin succeeds former Rep. Ed Lindsey, who resigned to run unsuccessfully for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Here are election results for other local candidates in contested race:

Georgia Senate District 6

Hunter Hill R i                         61 %

Antron Johnson D                   39 %

2 of 2 counties reporting

Georgia House of Representatives District 54

Beth Beskin R                          59 %

Bob Gibeling D                                    30 %

Bill Bozarth I                           11 %

17 of 17 precincts reporting

Fulton County Commission, District 7

John Eaves D i                         63 %

Earl Cooper R                          37 %

366 of 366 precincts reporting

These candidates, who also represent Buckhead residents, won re-election without opposition Nov. 4:

U.S House of Representatives, District 5

John R. Lewis D i

Fulton County Commission, District 3

Lee Morris R





For other election results:

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.