The one state senator and three state representatives, all Republicans, in contested races won with wide margins on Tuesday night, as did the county state court judge up for re-election in a non-partisan race.
State Rep. Charlice Byrd (R-Woodstock), 59, a retired educator, won 11,725 votes, or 79 percent, in her re-election bid against Democrat challenger Lillian Burnaman, 55, a high school teacher from Woodstock. Mrs. Burnaman got 3,129 votes, or 21 percent.
It will be the fourth two-year term for Mrs. Byrd at the Capitol.
"I stand on my conservative principles, and I have remained true them," she said, citing less government and lower taxes as two of those principles.
State Rep. Sean Jerguson (R-Holly Springs), 38, owner of Hi Caliber Firearms, received 18,493 votes, or 85 percent, in his bid for a third term in Atlanta. He was challenged by Democrat Bill Brown, 40, of the Sixes community, who works for AT&T, in a rematch from 2008. Brown garnered 4,709 votes, or 20 percent.
"We campaigned on the issues and looked at the issues that [Cherokee County residents] and Georgians are focused on," Jerguson said.
State Rep. Calvin Hill (R-Hickory Flat), 63, semi-retired from his business, Gila Distributing, swept his district with 19,945 votes, or 85 percent. Democrat challenger Stephanie Webb, a 50-year-old homemaker from Hickory Flat, received 3,557 votes, or 15 percent. It will be Hill's fifth term at the Capitol.
"I campaigned on the issues," Hill said as to why he won. "My opponent immediately went to extremely negative campaigning. We stayed on point this campaign."
State Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock), 42, who works in real estate and as a consultant, was re-elected to a fourth two-year term. He faced down Democratic challenger Patrick Thompson, 53, of Woodstock, who works for AT&T.
In Cherokee, Rogers won 28,866 votes, or 82 percent, as compared to Thompson with 6,382 votes, or 18 percent.
The district includes south Cherokee and northeast Cobb. The Associated Press as of 11:30 p.m. reported, with 67 percent of precincts in, Rogers had won 37,529 votes or 80 percent, with Thompson taking 9,255 votes or 20 percent.
County State Court Judge Alan Jordan, 50, of Union Hill, who has served on the bench for 10 years, won another four-year term against opponent Joe Oczkowski, 39, a corporate attorney and associate magistrate judge from Woodstock.
Jordan won 38,901 votes, or 74 percent, as compared to Oczkowski's 13,857 votes, or 26 percent.
The voters "recognize the hard work we have done," Jordan said about his victory.