In state House, Brown wins 98th, Hamilton secures Dem primary

Michael Brown

Michael Brown


Renita Hamilton

Excited to serve the constituents who voted in the 98th district, Michael Brown late Tuesday night also said he had a “ton of support.”

“I’m just letting it sink in,” said Brown, who knocked off David Hancock in the Republican primary.

Brown, who has described himself as a Christian Southerner by nature, and looked at the election as applying for a job.

The owner of an environmental drilling company called GeoLab, Brown, in unofficial results, had 1,179 votes, or 63.4 percent of the vote, while Hancock had 36.5 percent, or 680 votes. Hancock, a 52-year-old former planning and zoning commissioner for the city of Suwanee, is the owner of Suwanee Creek Software and co-chairman of the Gwinnett Tea Party.

“It is always very hard to go against an establishment candidate — they have money, connections and endorsements,” Hancock said. “But I am really proud and humbled by all of the volunteers who worked so hard and donated their time and money to the campaign.”

Hamilton wins District 105

In District 105, Renita Hamilton appeared to knock off Tim Hur in the Democratic primary. Hamilton had 514 votes, or 57.8 percent, while Hur had 374, or 42.1 percent.

Hamilton, a 39-year-old small business owner, said her message resonated with voters.

“I think the fact that I sincerely care about the community, I support working class families, I come from working class family,” Hamilton said.

Hur, a 30-year-old realtor, said voter turnout was still too low for both parties, but he’s confident in the campaign he ran.

“I did everything that I needed to do,” he said. “We did everything that we needed to do. I can leave this race confidently knowing that I did everything that I needed to do on my end.”

Calling herself “a solutions person,” Hamilton in her campaign said that, if elected, her top goal would be to ensure that representatives keep multiple lines of communication open with voters.

Republican incumbent Joyce Chandler bested Hamilton by just 554 votes in the 2012 general election.

Hamilton said in the rematch with Chandler she would campaign differently than two years ago.

“I need to reach across to the other side and talk with them more,” Hamilton said. “I think Joyce has done a really good job of securing Republicans and their faith, but I think we need to be a little more centered.”