Payne elected to Georgia Senate in District 54 runoff
(WDEF) — Chuck Payne will now represent District 54 in the Senate for the next two years.
But it was a close campaign against his opponent Debby Peppers, which lead to tonight’s special runoff election.
After the win, Payne said: “We’re very happy. I can’t thank the people enough. They really put their support and trust in our campaign, and um… it means a lot to me–it means a lot to me just to know that I’ve gained their trust and I’m not going to forget that.”
Payne, a Republican, won the position today in a special election runoff against Debby Peppers, a former member of the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners.
Payne received more than 65% of the vote, while Peppers received just under 35%.
“I think I’m gone serve the people well, because–primarily because I’ve been a public servant all my life. I have uh, I served four years in the military and when I came home from the military I worked 30 years serving Youth and families in North West Georgia, and uh this is just another step in that line of serving people,” Payne added.
During his campaign, he said, “I’m Chuck Payne and I won’t forget why I’m running for state senate. I’ll serve you at the state capitol and won’t bow to political pressure. I will get things done for our district, and I will never vote for a tax increase.”
Tonight he said, “And I think that that’s one thing that I want to continue to do in the next two years, is just to continue to develop trust with the people, so they know that I am serving their interest and no one else’s.”
Tonight’s election was held because Governor Nathan Deal appointed the former Senator to the Georgia Court of Appeals.