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Fullerton may serve second term in House

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- An exhausted Carol Fullerton said Monday evening that she was grateful to voters who likely have kept State Representative in front of the incumbent's name.

According to preliminary voting results from Tuesday's democratic primary election, Fullerton is expected to win a second term as House District 151's representative in the state legislature.

As of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, with the exception of absentee ballots, Fullerton was leading the polls with 1,484 votes.

Her challenger, Freddy Grimsley, had 1,187 votes.

Fullerton said she started Tuesday off on three hours of sleep and was at the polls as soon as they opened at 7 a.m.

"I spent the entire day making rounds at all the precincts and making sure the signs were up," she said. "It was also hot so we were trying to make sure the staff had lots to drink," said the state representative.

Fullerton said she was very tired after her long day campaigning ,but still had enough energy to greet and thank her supporters that gathered at her home in Albany.

"It's very rewarding to have been re-elected, if indeed I have," she said.

"It's nice to know that people appreciate you working hard. I'm very grateful that all my friends were here tonight to show their support."

Fullerton said she plans to focus on transportation issues, health care and education during this term.

"This last session we were able to secure the funding for the Ray Charles Center at Albany State University and now we can begin to get them (ASU) in the line-up for the funding to begin actual construction," she said.

Fullerton said she is excited to work with Georgia Department of Transportation officials and engineers next session as the Broad Avenue bridge project continues.

Fullerton also said she will be working hard on getting the Georgia Highway 133 to Valdosta project moving.

"We need this to help keep the Marine Corps Base in Albany during the next BRACs (Base Realignment and Closure) evaluation," she said.

"I plan on concentrating on transportation issues next session, mainly getting (Georgia Highway) 133 straight to Valdosta," Fullerton said. "That will help the (Marine Corps Logistic Base) an easier way to Jacksonville. It will help us keep the base here during the next round of BRACs (Base Realignment and Closure).

Grimsley could not be reached Tuesday evening for comment.