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Paulette Rakestraw 9th State Legislator to Lose Seat in Primary This Year

Georgia House of Representatives

Paulette Rakestraw was arguably the most powerful legislator to lose her seat to a member of the same party, serving on the Appropriations Committee and as vice-chair of the Special Rules and Science and Technology Committees. She became the ninth state legislator to lose their seat in a 2018 primary after Tuesday night’s runoff elections.

 Rakestraw, who was first elected in 2010, is one of five Republican and four Democratic incumbents who lost in this year’s primary or runoff elections.
 Another legislator who lost his primary election, Representative Jason Spencer of Woodbine, resigned his seat effective July 31, after facing blowback from a controversial television appearance featuring comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. During his appearance, Spencer exposed his buttocks and repeatedly used hosts of racial slurs.

Martin Matheny was promoted to Program Director and Content Strategist on July 1, 2022. He has served as the Executive Producer of our local news program 'Athens News Matters', and he covers local government for WUGA News. He started at WUGA in 2012 as a part-time classical music host and still hosts WUGA's longest-running local program 'Night Music' which is heard on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on WUGA at 10pm. 'Night Music' can also be heard statewide on the GPB Classical stream Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm. As part of 'Athens News Matters' Martin works with student interns to help cultivate the next generation of Public Media rock stars! In his spare time Martin is an amateur book binder and freelance musician who frequently performs with Big Band Athens playing bass trombone. He lives in Normaltown with his wife, Shaye and dog, Murphy.
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