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Low turnout expected in Gwinnett House runoff; Hice gets endorsement

If you thought last month’s election had a low voter turnout, just wait until Tuesday.

Runoffs will be held in three local cities — Duluth, Lawrenceville and Winder — for council posts, as well as in Georgia House District 104, which is centered in Dacula and includes portions of Buford, Auburn and the Harbins community.

As of Wednesday, only 64 people have voted early in person, and only seven absentee ballots have been turned in. During Saturday voting, just three voters showed up to cast their votes in the race between Teresa Cantrell and Chuck Efstration to become Gwinnett’s newest legislator.

In comparison, about 650 of the around 4,000 votes Nov. 5 came early in person.

Needless to say, officials have low expectations for Tuesday, when polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at precincts in the district as well as at the three City Halls.

The District 104 race will replace Donna Sheldon, who resigned from the General Assembly to run in next year’s open congressional seat for District 10.

But Loganville’s mayor has chosen a different candidate to back in the race.

Dan Curry, who won his first full term last month after replacing the late Ray Nunley earlier this year, endorsed minister Jody Hice in the race.

“I endorse Jody Hice because I believe him to be an honest, dedicated, godly leader with a proven track record. Jody Hice is the leader we need in Washington,” Curry said in a press release.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of Mayor Curry,” Hice said. “As we continue this campaign across the 10th congressional district, it is imperative to hear what is on the minds of our citizens and elected officials. I am eager to take our Georgia values to Washington to represent our district.”

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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