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Athens-Clarke County 2020 Election Results

John Bazemore
Associated Press

The numbers are in for Clarke County. In the race for Western Circuit District Attorney, Democratic candidate Deborah Gonzalez will face off against Independent candidate James Chafin, who is currently Assistant DA in the office, in a December 1st runoff. 


Gonzalez, who had to file a lawsuit in order to force an election this year, led her opponents which also included acting DA Brian Patterson. 


Gonzalez took 48% of the vote overall, compared to Chafin with 34% and Patterson with just over 16%. 


Incumbents retained their seats in the State House races. In District 117, Republican Houston Gaines defeated Democratic challenger Mokah Jasmine Johnson. Gaines spoke with us Tuesday evening.

“Well I want to thank the people who supported us, and I also want to say to the people who didn’t support us, I’m here to serve everybody in our district and that’s what I’ll continue to do if I have the honor of being re-elected. You know campaigns are tough things to go through for everybody and I know that right now politics is so divisive.”  


Republican Marcus Weidower beat back a challenge from Democrat Jonathan Wallace in the District 119 race. 


Athens Clarke County police sergeant John Q. Williams will be the next sheriff of Clarke County. 


Williams defeated Republican challenger Robert Hare.


Williams defeated long-time incumbent sheriff Ira Edwards in the June primary.


Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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