State Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) won his re-election bid Nov. 8, but the results were perhaps closer than they would have been in years past, he said.
Millar of Dunwoody was re-elected Nov. 8, defeating his Democratic opponent with 56 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.
Millar garnered 41,704 votes to Tamara Johnson-Shealey’s 32,548, or 44 percent of the vote.
Millar was elected to the state Senate in 2010 and has handily won re-election since then. Johnson-Shealey founded Georgia Concerned Beauty Professionals in 2011 and has advocated for the industry. In this race, she campaigned on Medicaid expansion, education reform and a livable wage. She also ran against Millar in 2014.
“My opponent got four or five more points than she did the last time. It’s probably due to the changing demographics within my district,” Millar said. “And some I’m sure disagreed with things I did.”
Millar represents Senate District 40, which includes portions of Gwinnett, DeKalb and Fulton counties. Cities included in the district are Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Chamblee, Doraville, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Norcross, Peachtree Corners and Tucker.
Millar said the changing demographics in his district are also part of a changing Georgia throughout the state. He noted that Gwinnett County and Cobb County voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the presidential election – “probably a first a Democrat won in these counties,” he said.
“If you look at the overall elections in Georgia, the numbers are disconcerting for Republicans,” Millar said.
“Even in my own district, I got 56 percent this time. There’s a message as Republicans we need to look at … to broaden our base,” he said.