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Efstration, Cantrell to meet in House District 104 runoff

Teresa Cantrell

Teresa Cantrell

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Chuck Efstration

The campaigning begins again Wednesday, after Tuesday’s results in a special election for Gwinnett’s newest legislator pointed toward a Dec. 3 runoff.

Former prosecutor and Gwinnett GOP leader Chuck Efstration lead in the balloting for the state House District 104 seat with 1,575 votes or 38.73 percent, but came short of the majority needed to avoid a runoff. He will face Teresa Cantrell, a community activist and restaurateur who earned 1,063 votes, or 26.14 percent.

Former postmaster Tim Puckett came in third with 794 votes or 19.52 percent, while businessman Todd Tyson brought in 635 votes or 15.61 percent, according to unofficial results.

“I’m just very appreciative of the trust that I’ve received from the voters in the district,” said Efstration, the youngest candidate in the race, who talked about bringing “energetic, conservative leadership” to the Gold Dome.

“My objective was to, through hard work and going door to door and making countless phone calls, to earn votes,” Efstration said. “Votes shouldn’t be taken for granted; they need to be earned.”

As the last precincts were tallied, Cantrell said she wasn’t taking any vote for granted. She said she was outspent in the campaign but prayed for God’s direction throughout the journey.

“I built so many relationships through the years from working in the community, and we’ve had some great volunteers helping get the word out,” said Cantrell, who served for years as a county planning commissioner and as a volunteer with the PTA in the Dacula community.

“We’re going to keep working hard to let people know the differences in the candidates,” Cantrell said, comparing herself to Efstration. “Our experiences and our personalites are very different, and we want to make sure voters know about that.”