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Sam Watson wins State Senate seat

Colquitt County farmer and former State Representa­tive Sam Watson coasted to victory in Tuesday’s special election for Senate District 11. Watson garnered 10,097 votes  in unofficial returns Tuesday, easily defeating De­mocrat Mary Weaver-Ander­son who earned 3,048 votes and libertarian John Monds who managed to earn only 134 votes.

An   examination  of   the local results shows that Watson was the favorite of a majority  of  Seminole  County voters with 702 casting their ballot for him while Weaver-Anderson came in with  228 and  Monds a dis­tant  third with four votes.

Senator-elect Watson is 44 years old and  has served in the Georgia House of Repre­sentatives for the  past 10 years.

The District 11 vacancy came about after the resignation of Sen. Dean Burke  soon after   the   Nov. 2022   general election. Burke resigned effective Dec.  30,  2022   to  become the chief  medical officer  of the Georgia Department  of Community Health.

Watson is a lifelong Geor­gian. He and his family live and farm on the family farm in southern Colquitt County. Agriculture is the number one industry in the state and Watson says agriculture has been and will continue to be a focus of his legislative service.

Once  the  election results are certified, the Senator­ elect is expected  to be sworn in  post  haste  and  will join his fellow Senators, who are already  at work in the Gen­eral Assembly in Atlanta

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