SOUTHWEST FORSYTH — It appears Sam Moore’s time in the Georgia Legislature will be short lived.
The District 22 state representative did not win re-election to the office he was sworn into in February. He is filling the unexpired term of Calvin Hill, who died in October.
Instead, either Wes Cantrell or Meagan Biello will claim a two-year term in the office starting Jan. 1. The candidates are headed to a July 22 Republican primary runoff. No Democrats are running for the post.
Cantrell garnered more than 38 percent of the vote in the district, which includes the southwest corner of Forsyth. He took in nearly 3,000 votes, while Biello tallied nearly 32 percent, or about 2,500 votes.
In Forsyth County, however, Moore was the clear favorite, taking in more than 43 percent of the vote, with 687 people choosing him over his challengers.
Cantrell had nearly 36 percent of the Forsyth tally or about 570 votes, with Biello getting less than 21 percent, or about 332 votes.
However Forsyth makes up a small portion of the district, which also includes a small part of Fulton County and a large swath of Cherokee County. Across the district, nearly 7,900 votes were cast in the race.
Biello is finding herself in familiar territory, having made it to the special election runoff in February against Moore, who could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.
This time, she’s prepared to face off against a new challenger in July.
“Our whole team is excited that we made it through another round and we’re ready to regroup and finish,” she said. “I’m a teacher, so I have two more weeks of school left and after that, our main focus is knocking on doors ... our strategy will be using the time I have off to continue to meet more voters.”
As the newcomer to the race, Cantrell said he was pleased with the results.
“To come from nowhere and go against two people who have won before, and one was an in incumbent, we couldn’t be more excited,” he said.
Cantrell said he spent most of his day Tuesday campaigning with his family in Forsyth County, which he said is an important district for the race.
“I think Forsyth is going to play a big role in the outcome of this election,” he said of the three populous precincts in the district.
Cantrell said he’s hopeful to pick up Moore’s votes and “I look forward to the nine weeks until the runoff and excited about the campaign and getting voters to come back out again,” he said.
“I feel like we’ve got a good shot at winning this thing in July,” he said.