ALBANY, Ga. — Election evening found incumbent candidate for Georgia House, District 153, Carol Fullerton relaxing at her home with family and friends.
“I feel pretty confident at this point,” Fullerton said Tuesday night, “but it’s still far from over.”
When the final unofficial tallies were reported Tuesday night, Fullerton had claimed more than seven out of every 10 votes cast in the 15 precincts that comprise District 153. With all but provisional ballots counted, she held a 5,181-2,067 advantage over challenger Muarlean Edwards, who currently represents District 3 on the Dougherty County Commission.
Fullerton and her husband, Greg, said the voter turnout was considerably greater this election than for the primary two years ago. She attributed that to the satisfaction of her constituents with her service to Dougherty County.
“They (the voters) wanted to make sure I was re-elected,” Fullerton said.
Fullerton has represented Albany in the Georgia House since 2009 and was seeking her third two-year term. She has served on the Albany City Commission and the Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission Board.
Calling herself “an old-time Democrat,” Fullerton’s primary election pitch has been her willingness and ability to work efficiently on both sides of the isle. She’s well aware of her party’s minority status in the state-wide political picture and is prepared to vote Republican when it “makes sense,” she said. Both Fullerton and Edwards are Democrats with no Republican challenger.
Fullerton said one of her first projects would be to meet with her delegation in Albany and at the State House concerning funding for the Ray Charles Fine Arts Center at Albany State University.
Currently, Fullerton serves on five House committees: Economic Development and Tourism; Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications; Health and Human Services; Higher Education and Natural Resources & Environment.
Edwards will be
leaving the County Commission when her term expires at the end of the year. Clinton Johnson won that commission seat in Tuesday’s elections.