Former Gwinnett County community outreach director Nicole Love Hendrickson is one step closer to potentially making county history.

Hendrickson took a commanding lead over attorney Lee Thompson in the Democratic runoff for commission chairman Tuesday and cleared the nomination hurdle. With all of precincts "fully reported," according to the county's elections results website, Hendrick had received 79.83% of the votes counted while Thompson had received 20.17%. 

The results are unofficial until certified by elections officials.

Thompson had suspended his campaign immediately after earning a spot in the runoff and told his supporters to vote for Hendrickson.

As the Democratic nominee, Hendrickson will now face Republican nominee David Post in November for the open chairman's seat. If she defeats Post in the general election, she will be the first African-American to serve as chairman — or in her case chairwoman — of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners.

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I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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