Prince defeats Evans to fill Georgia House District 127 seat

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Brian Prince defeated Diane Evans on Tuesday to fill the vacant Georgia House District 127 seat.

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Brian Prince celebrates after winning the runoff.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Brian Prince celebrates after winning the runoff.

Prince won 56.5 percent of the votes, 332 votes more than Evans. Turnout for the special election was low – just 2,554 of the district’s 26,781 registered voters cast ballots.

“I just thank (the voters) for having confidence in me to take on this responsibility,” Prince said. “I look forward to serving District 127.”

Prince and Evans were the top two finishers in the Nov. 5 special election to fill the seat left open by the August death of Rep. Quincy Murphy, D-Augusta.

Once the runoff results were final Tuesday night, Prince, a former Glenn Hills High School athletic standout and a retired Army lieutenant colonel, greeted a cheering crowd of supporters at the Holiday Inn on Park West Drive in Augusta. He thanked his wife, Lori, and his mother.

“This is definitely a blessing. I can guarantee that everyone here has touched me and touched this campaign in some way,” he said.

Evans, a retired educator and pastor, was endorsed last week by an influential black pastors group. She plans to continue serving as a Baptist pastor in Sylvania, Ga., and to remain active in local politics.

“I really hope this district can get the things that we need, of course, and that we can move forward with some progress,” Evans said.

The 127th district was redrawn in 2011 by the state Legislature. It spans Louisville, Matthews, Wrens, Stapleton, Avera, Blythe, Fort Gordon and sections of Hephzibah and south and west Augusta.

Evans, of Avera, Ga., carried 874 votes in Jefferson County to Prince’s 303. In Richmond County, Prince outpaced Evans 1,140 votes to 237.

Jefferson County comprises about a third of the House district’s population.

Prince said he plans to get to work immediately, bringing more jobs to the area and integrating Fort Gordon into the metro area’s economy.

“At the end of the day, it’s not about Brian Prince. It’s about District 127, the CSRA and making this whole area thrive,” he said.

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 12/04/13 - 12:12 am
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Congrats..

Glad LTC Prince won..

willie7
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willie7 12/04/13 - 12:23 am
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Congratulations LTC Prince.
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Congratulations LTC Prince. Looking forward to you representing our district well.

rebellious
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rebellious 12/04/13 - 03:36 am
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Hats off

to Mr. Prince. Nice to see a Spartan do well. Be aware you have big shoes to fill. It ain't easy being a Democrat in Georgia, but Mr. Murphy wore it well. I hope you can be as moderate a Demo as he was. He got the job done, yet respected the other side. Best wishes in your position, for the sake of us all.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/04/13 - 03:42 am
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Congratulations. I'm sure you

Congratulations. I'm sure you will serve the CSRA well.

Bulldog
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Bulldog 12/04/13 - 07:51 am
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Good job!

Looking forward to your service.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/04/13 - 08:44 am
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If Rebel is happy

Well..I'm happy too..Good luck.

jwilliams
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jwilliams 12/04/13 - 09:13 am
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From the article, “Evans, a

From the article, “Evans, a retired educator and pastor, was endorsed last week by an influential black pastors group.” “Evans, of Avera, Ga., carried 874 votes in Jefferson County to Prince’s 303. In Richmond County, Prince outpaced Evans 1,140 votes to 237.” INFLUENTIAL BLACK PASTORS GROUP. Who did they influence?

grinder48
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grinder48 12/04/13 - 12:21 pm
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Good Choice
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I'm glad Prince is a retired Army lieutenant colonel. Generally speaking, I think we need more retired military officers in political positions.

Darby
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Darby 12/04/13 - 01:20 pm
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"It ain't easy being a Democrat in Georgia,

but Mr. Murphy wore it well."

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True enough, but it's not Georgia that's the problem. Democrats seem to have a "loyalty" constraint that binds them to their party no matter how far off their leadership drags them.

Just go back and look at the rhetoric during the run-up to and the roll out of ObamaCare. They all mimicked Obama word for word, without exception and without needing to know the facts. Just look at our mutual friend Lowell if you don't understand.

On the other hand, Republicans can always be counted on to engage in infighting, and cutting the floor out from under one another. They don't have a script and obviously wouldn't read from it like zombies if they did.

The Democrat approach will win more political battles, but the Republican way does, at least demonstrate individuality and freedom of thought.

Still, congratulations, Representative Prince. And best of luck to you and yours. I really believe you will serve your constituency well.

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rebellious 12/04/13 - 06:58 pm
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Darby

You make an excellent point. However, in regards to Quincy Murphy, he usually kept quiet on issues he knew the bulk of thinking citizens of his district opposed. Augusta Democrats, Lowell Greenbaum excepted, are savvy enough to understand they occupy an isolated island of Liberal thinking in a sea of Conservative people. Outside of Atlanta and her suburbs, I would venture a guess we stand alone as a Democrat city. The comment was meant to "tip my hat" to the way Quincy Murphy conducted himself in the execution of his elected charge. He and I spoke on several different issues when alignment of interests was critical to the success of an effort. I respected him, and would like to think he respected me. If he didn't, he never let on which is a sign of respect in and of itself.

My hope is Mr. Prince can carry that torch as admirably as Mr. Murphy, demographics being the same.

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SHEILA C NELSON 12/04/13 - 11:02 pm
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B. Prince

Many prayers have been answered and we thank God for blessing
Brian Prince to be elected to represent District 127 (which includes
Richmond and Jefferson Counties).

Darby
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Darby 12/05/13 - 06:05 pm
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Rebellious

I agree wholeheartedly!

I do wish we could get a better turnout in off year elections and runoffs.

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