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Chuck Efstration wins Gwinnett House seat

Rep.-elect Chuck Efstration smiles as he receives word of vote totals during Tuesday’s runoff for the State House District 104 seat. He won the race 1,230 to 675, according to unofficial results.

Rep.-elect Chuck Efstration smiles as he receives word of vote totals during Tuesday’s runoff for the State House District 104 seat. He won the race 1,230 to 675, according to unofficial results.

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Attorney Chuck Efstration of Dacula checks results of Tuesday’s runoff, where he squared off against Teresa Cantrell for a seat in the House of Representatives.

DACULA — Just a month before the work begins in Atlanta, Chuck Efstration won the job as Gwinnett’s newest legislator in a runoff Tuesday.

Surpassing his opponent in votes by two-to-one, the Dacula man won the House District 104 seat, which Rep. Donna Sheldon vacated to focus on a congressional race.

“It’s a truly humbling experience to receive the trust of the public,” said Efstration, former prosecutor who will take office at the age of 30. “I understand that with that trust comes a mantle of responsibility and a need to follow through.”

Even at his young age, the Gwinnett native has worked hard in politics, leading the county GOP efforts as chairman for a time.

After an unsuccessful congressional race in 2010, Efstration was the top vote-getter in last month’s special election for the state House of Representatives seat, setting up Tuesday’s runoff with Dacula activist Teresa Cantrell.

“This is so special,” Efstration said. “Now the real work begins.”

Cantrell congratulated the new legislator-elect, who won the vote 1,230 to 675, according to unofficial results.

“I’m very thankful to God for the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people in the district,” she said. “I am thankful for dedicated family, friends, volunteers and supporters. We worked hard and prayed hard. I congratulate Chuck and wish him the best.”