Originally created 11/06/02

Warren takes early lead in District 99



In a low-key race overshadowed by others on the ballot, Georgia Rep. George DeLoach trailed Democrat Pete Warren for the House District 99 seat.

In Burke County, Rep. Alberta Anderson was leading Republican Betty Daniel White in the early going for the 100th District state House seat.

With 3 of 12 precincts reporting, Mr. Warren led with 1,345 votes, or 50.8 percent, to 1,309, or 49.2 percent, for Mr. DeLoach. Ms. Anderson was leading Ms. White 747 to 360 with 3 percent of the vote counted.

Although the district had been changed during reapportionment, Mr. DeLoach said he felt good about his chances in the Hephzibah area, even if it wasn't "a level playing field. We hope for the best, and we've done all we could do."

More aggressive recruiting of jobs had been advocated by Mr. DeLoach, a funeral director and four-term incumbent, and Mr. Warren, a precision maintenance instructor for International Paper.

Mr. DeLoach had said he would like to see state government become more decentralized, perhaps with a large state agency moving its headquarters to Augusta and taking advantage of space at Regency Mall.

Mr. Warren, making his first run for office, pledged to be more accessible and take unpaid leave from work, if necessary, to serve in Atlanta.

Ms. Anderson resigned her post earlier this year because it conflicted with a new job, but she changed her mind a few days later and decided to continue.

Ms. White, a nurse who will retire soon, was inspired to run after visiting Atlanta with a regional family violence task force and seeing the influence of lobbyists.