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'Third candidate' Muarlean Edwards endorses Darrel Ealum in House District 153 runoff

Darrel Ealum faces incumbent Carol Fullerton July 22 in quest for a seat in the state House

ALBANY — When it comes to a runoff election, one pitting candidates who did not get more than 50 percent of the vote in their initial quest for office, all bets are off as to which is a front-runner and which is the chaser.

Darrel Ealum, who got 38.10 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the state House District 153 seat to force incumbent Carol Fullerton, who got 42.29 percent of the vote, into a runoff, got a campaign boost for the July 22 runoff when the third candidate in the primary, former Dougherty County Commissioner Muarlean Edwards, formally endorsed him.

Edwards, who got 19.60 percent of the primary vote, said in a news release that she supports Ealum “on a basis of mutual respect and equality in his bid to serve the citizens of Dougherty County.”

Edwards said she and Ealum share a “commitment and mission to work together on improving school quality and increased educational attainment.” Noting statistics gathered in a recent survey, Edwards said, “Darrel Ealum, I feel, will be the best candidate to address these inequities and disparities in our community.”