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Amos wins; Harrell, Levent likely in runoff
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Pete Amos, center, greets Ricki and Rusty Hodges Tuesday night after he secured the Republican nomination for the Forsyth County commission District 1 post. - photo by Emily Saunders

By the numbers

The unofficial results from Tuesday's primary are in. With 27 of 27 precincts reporting, the local contested races -- all on the Republican side -- shaped up as follows:

County Commission, District 1
* Pete Amos -- 1,742 votes, 64 percent
* Brant Meadows -- 963 votes, 36 percent

County Commission, District 3
* Todd Levent -- 1,008 votes, 33 percent
* Jim Harrell (incumbent) -- 947 votes, 31 percent
* Josh Shorr -- 916 votes, 30 percent
* Mark Venco -- 186 votes, 6 percent

Board of Education, District 1
* Ann Crow (incumbent) -- 1,396 votes, 55 percent
* Brian Sorrell -- 1,142 votes, 45 percent

Board of Education, District 2
* Kristin Morrissey -- 1,724 votes, 57 percent
* Larry Duckworth -- 1,326 votes, 43 percent

State House, District 24

* Mike Dudgeon -- 3,475 votes, 53 percent
* Anna McManus -- 2,425 votes, 37 percent
* Doug Wright -- 683 votes, 10 percent

U.S. House, District 9
* Tom Graves -- 7,715 votes, 61 percent
* Lee Hawkins -- 2,990 votes, 24 percent
* Steve Tarvin -- 1,125 votes, 9 percent

U.S. House, District 7
* Rob Woodall -- 957 votes, 46 percent
* Jody Hice -- 403 votes, 19 percent
* Clay Cox -- 356 votes, 17 percent


Source: Forsyth County Elections Office

Forsyth County Republican voters decided on one county commissioner candidate Tuesday and whittled the field in the race for a second commission post.

In District 1, Pete Amos defeated Brant Meadows for the party nomination. He advances to face Democrat Mary Chatfield in the Nov. 2 general election.

"We're just grateful to all the voters of District 1," Amos said. "They want something new out there."

Amos received 1,742 votes, or about 64 percent of the total, while Meadows received 963 votes, or about 36 percent.

Incumbent Charles Laughinghouse is not seeking re-election.

In the District 3 contest, Todd Levent forced incumbent Jim Harrell into an Aug. 10 runoff.

"It's been a great overall experience," Levent said. "I've met a lot of new people and made a lot of new friends."

Levent led all four Republican candidates in the race, drawing 1,008 votes, or about 33 percent, to 947 votes, or about 31 percent, for Harrell.

"You run it the way you think it should be done and then see what the people say," Harrell said.

Josh Shorr finished third with 916 votes, or about 30 percent.

No Democrats are running, so whoever wins the runoff claims the seat.

The contests Tuesday were the first on the commission and county school board to feature the new district-only election format approved last year by the state.

The setup meant voting for the post was limited to residents of the particular district. Previously, candidates had to live in their district, but were elected countywide.

District 1 includes some of Cumming and much of western Forsyth, while District 3 covers the county's southwestern corner. District 2 includes much of south Forsyth.

The District 2 school board post is currently held by Mike Dudgeon, who chose not to run again and was instead elected Tuesday to the state legislature.

He will be succeeded on the school board by either Republican Kristin Morrissey or Democrat Camille Fareri.

Morrissey won her party's nomination Tuesday, defeating Larry Duckworth with 57 percent of the vote.

“I’d like to thank Mr. Duckworth for a well-run, honest campaign,” Morrissey said. “I hope to work with him and include his ideas."

In District 1, incumbent Ann Crow was elected to a third term.

Crow, who chairs the board, drew about 55 percent of the total to defeat Brian Sorrell. There is no Democratic opposition.

“I’m just sorry that the turnout wasn’t more, but I’m thrilled to be able to serve the school system and the residents of the county for another four years,” Crow said.

Her fellow Republican school board colleague Dudgeon on Tuesday secured the state House District 24 post in a race that also failed to draw any Democrats.

“I’m really proud of my grassroots effort," Dudgeon said. "I think this was really a victory for all the people who really worked hard for me.”

Dudgeon tallied 3,475 votes, or about 53 percent, to defeat Anna McManus, who received 2,425 votes, or about 37 percent.

He will succeed Tom Knox, who ran unsuccessfully for state insurance commissioner.