After months of vigorous campaigning and a hotly contested runoff, former Lawrenceville City Councilman P.K. Martin can now turn his attention to the fall.
Unofficial runoff results show Martin secured 53 percent of the vote to Mike Beaudreau’s 47 percent.
Martin and former Gwinnett County Commissioner Beaudreau edged out long-time State Sen. Don Balfour in the May primary to earn spots in the runoff. Martin will now face Democrat Timothy Swiney in the November general election.
As for his objective heading into the fall, Martin said nothing has changed.
“We’re still going to work to restore trust in state government,” he said. “That’s still my goal. I’m going to work hard, do the right things for the right reasons and try to make people proud.”
Martin congratulated Beaudreau on working hard and running a good campaign. He also expressed his gratitude to all those who helped him during his campaign.
“I really have to thank my supporters and the volunteers,” he said. “There were a lot of people working hard to make this possible. I couldn’t have done it by myself. The true winners are the volunteers and the people who were working behind the scenes to make sure this happened.”
While he has a lot of work still ahead, Martin said he plans to take a short break to spend time with his family and relax before getting back on the campaign trail.
“I do look forward to getting around the district, meeting more folks and I’m ready to work hard to win their support in November,” Martin added.
Beaudreau too is looking forward.
“The big thing for me is that frankly my energies can be better spent in different avenues,” he said. “I am a coach, so I’m going to devote more time to coaching and frankly being a better father and a better husband. I’ve spent the past essentially 10 years in public life and I think sometimes God humbles you in order to build you up for some greater challenge in the future.”
While saying those challenges may not necessarily be political in nature, Beaudreau added he has enjoyed the time he spent seeking office.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time on the campaign trail and getting to meet so many of Gwinnett’s wonderful citizens,” he said.
Beaudreau also had words of reassurance for his supporters.
“Sometimes the work that goes into something is not always shown in the results,” he said. “It doesn’t mean the work was any less valuable, it just didn’t show up this particular time.”
State Senate District 9 includes parts of Dacula, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville and Snellville.