Thompson wins Senate District 14 runoff election
by Jason Lowrey
Dec 04, 2013 | 1915 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By winning Tuesday’s runoff election, Bruce Thompson will represent Senate District 14 in the Georgia Legislature. District 14 includes roughly half of Bartow County, most of Cherokee County and a small section of Cobb County.

“I am very, very humbled, very excited, very honored and a whole bunch of other feelings all in one,” Thompson said about his victory.

Overall Thompson received 2,981 votes, or 68.73 percent, while Matt Laughridge received 1,356 votes, or 31.27 percent of the vote. Breaking those numbers down, Thompson received 1,260 votes in Bartow County while Laughridge received 533. In Cherokee County, Thompson received 1,523 votes while Laughridge received 765. In Cobb County, Thompson received 198, while Laughridge received 58.

A total of 4,337 votes were cast in the runoff election. In the Nov. 5 general election, a total of 7,206 votes were cast, split among five candidates.

Even as he was celebrating his win, Thompson said he was already beginning to look toward the next legislative session and how he can best serve District 14.

“As I said earlier to a couple of people that have asked, I was fortunate to have senators and House of Representative people here tonight, so we were able to talk for a little, shortly go to a room, and start talking about, alright, how do we immediately get me involved in being part of the solution? So there’s really no time to rest,” Thompson said. “I will celebrate Christmas, but at the same time I will be working in the month of December to prepare so I can successfully represent this district. ...

“I plan on not stopping. I plan on tomorrow immediately to begin with meetings and figure out exactly what I might be able to do to serve. We don’t have, this district, the luxury of just sitting back.”

Looking toward the rest of December, Thompson said he was glad the race came to an end early in the month.

“Especially right here at Christmas — celebrating what Christmas means to us as Christians — I am very relieved right now that we can begin the healing process in the district after this campaign, but also make sure we’re focusing on this time of year as well as preparing for the upcoming session,” he said.

As part of the healing process, Thompson said he would like to have an opportunity to speak with his opponent.

“I would reiterate what I said on the air, and that is I would love to extend an invitation to meet with Matt Laughridge [so] that we can begin the healing process — that we can work together in this district,” he said.

“I would just like to say thank you so much to all of my supporters and for the people of Bartow, Cherokee County and Cobb for supporting me.”

All voting numbers are unofficial until confirmed by the secretary of state.