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Hamilton secures another term in office
District 24 state Rep. Mark Hamilton celebrates his re-election Tuesday night at Tams Backstage restaurant in Cumming. - photo by Micah Green

CUMMING — District 24 state Rep. Mark Hamilton of Cumming sealed another term in office Tuesday during the Republican primary.

Hamilton, who’s served since 2007, tallied 3,749 votes, or nearly 59 percent of the total, over opponent Sheri Gilligan, who received 2,625 votes, or about 41 percent. No Democrats sought the post.

“I’m honored and look forward to serving another two years,” Hamilton said. “I’m very happy that my message of effective conservative leadership seemed to resonate and I will continue to pledge to work for the citizens of Georgia, while continuing to represent citizens here in Cumming and Forsyth County.”

While disappointed with the results, Gilligan said she felt “really good about what all we accomplished.”

“When the results came in, I was surrounded by a lot of great people who worked hard for the campaign and who supported me and I just feel really blessed,” she said. “I gave it all I had.”

Uncertain if she’ll run for office again, Gilligan said she does plan to remain involved in government. She’s also glad with how both campaigns were run.

“I love the fact that in our race, there was no ugly,” she said. “There was no bitterness ... it was a good race.”

Hamilton agreed, saying he wanted to thank his opponent “for the opportunity to have this dialogue and campaign and I want to thank her for keeping the campaign positive and above board.”

“We worked hard and the results were positive,” he said.