Democrats set to hold legislative seats covering Dunwoody

DUNWOODY, Ga. — Unofficial results from the Secretary of State’s office show Democrats well ahead in three legislative seats covering Dunwoody. Final vote totals in the Peach State must be certified by Nov. 28.

Current election standings show Republicans will enter the 2023 legislative session with a 32 to 23 Senate majority and a 101 to 79 lead in the House.

The districts in North DeKalb were redrawn following the 2020 Census, in a redistricting process by a Republican dominated Georgia General Assembly. Despite the edits, Republican challengers could not muster enough voters to flip the seats.

First time Democratic candidate Long Tran leads Republican Brian Anderson by 3,003 votes or 14.2% in the House District 80 race.

“(I) will focus on improving education and public safety and helping small business,” Tran said.

Earlier this year, Rep. Michael Wilensky (D-Dunwoody) announced he would not seek re-election. House District 79 was redistricted to remove the area around Perimeter Mall and to include larger sections of Doraville and Chamblee. Wilensky flipped a long held Republican seat in 2018 and won re-election in 2020.

The District was renumbered to 80 in the redistricting plan approved by Gov. Brian Kemp on Dec. 30 last year.

House District 52, which previously only included Sandy Springs and the area north of Buckhead, was redrawn to encompass the Perimeter Mall area removed from House District 80.

Incumbent Rep. Shea Roberts (D-Atlanta) leads in this race by 4,889 votes over Republican challenger Wendy Ahrenkiel. In 2020, Roberts beat incumbent Republican Rep. Deborah Silcox by 377 votes. The seat was held by Republicans for at least a decade.

Sen. Sally Harrell, who has represented Senate District 40 since beating an incumbent Republican in 2018, leads challenger Austin McDonald by 14,893 votes. Harrell said she is honored to be re-elected for a third term.

“Despite significant money spent by Republican leadership on negative advertising, my decisive win of 62% shows that my constituents have confidence in my work,” Harrell said. 

“I look forward to building on my previous success, supporting our public schools, lowering tuition costs at public universities, expanding technical education in North DeKalb and making sure people who live with disabilities are supported.”

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