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Greg Dolezal handily defeats challenger for District 27 seat in state Senate
Greg Dolezal
Greg Dolezal

Republican candidate Greg Dolezal has been elected as District 27 representative in the state senate, beating out Democrat Steve Smith by over 40,000 votes.

Dolezal earned 73.43 percent of the vote in Forsyth County, or 63,576 votes, over Smith who took 26.57 percent of the vote, 23,005 votes.

After the votes came in, Dolezal told the FCN that he is ready and looking forward to serving all of Forsyth County and make it the best community it can be.

“I want to congratulate Steve Smith on a hard-fought race,” Dolezal said. “I am so grateful to have the support from people all over Forsyth County. They believe in the conservative ideals and solutions we have championed and want to see those represented in Atlanta.”

During the campaign, Dolezal ran on a conservative platform of issues including funding new school construction, opposing tax increases, strengthening economic development in Forsyth County and working to accelerate the expansion of county state roads.

During the May Republican primary, he beat out candidates Bill Fielder and Brian Tam, earning about 59 percent of the vote. Dolezal will now replace former state Sen. Michael Williams, who stepped down to run for governor, in the state Senate.

Dolezal is a partner at Renewed Vision, a Forsyth County-based technology firm. He has previously served on the Forsyth County Planning Commission, the Impact Fee Committee, the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee and the Transportation Plan Steering Committee.

Smith, a graduate of Lassiter High School in Marietta and longtime county resident, ran on a platform of issues including advocating for a minimum living wage, health care for all and gun law reform.

After learning of the results, Smith said that the voter turnout he garnered this race was a good thing, explaining that they had done better than they had expected in a mostly conservative county. 

"Democrats here always get 20 percent, just like clockwork, and when I ran in the special election for House 26 last fall I got 21 percent ... So we thought this time if we could move that needle to like 25 percent, that would be awesome," Smith said. "I did 5 points better than I did in the special election, so that's progress."