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