Taylor Bennett

The race for the District 80 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives appears headed for an Aug. 11 runoff between Democrat Taylor Bennett and former Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis, one of three Republicans in the contest.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s website showed Bennett collected about 37 percent of the 3,996 votes cast in the special election held July 14. Davis gathered 32 percent in unofficial returns reported after 9 p.m. Republican Catherine Bernard took about 30 percent of the vote while Republican Loren Collins received about 2 percent.

Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis

The four sought to succeed former Rep. Mike Jacobs, who resigned earlier this year when he was appointed to a DeKalb County judgeship. District 80 represents Brookhaven and portions of Sandy Springs, Chamblee and Dunwoody.

From the Georgia Secretary of State’s website about 11:18 p.m. July 14:

State Representative, District 80
PercentVotes
2 of 2 Counties Reporting
Percent Votes
TAYLOR J BENNETT (D)
36.84% 1,472
CATHERINE S. BERNARD (R)
30.08% 1,202
LOREN COLLINS (R)
1.58% 63
J. MAX DAVIS (R)
31.51% 1,259
3,996
PercentVotesTAYLOR J BENNETT (D)
36.84%1,472CATHERINE S. BERNARD (R)
30.08%1,202LOREN COLLINS (R)
1.58%63J. MAX DAVIS (R)
31.51%1,2593,996
PercentVotes
TAYLOR J BENNETT (D)
36.84%1,472
CATHERINE S. BERNARD (R)
30.08%1,202
LOREN COLLINS (R)
1.58%63
J. MAX DAVIS (R)
31.51%1,259
3,996

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.