Hunter Edges Past Beaudreau in Runoff for District 3 Commission Seat

Schrader, Brantley win their respective judicial races.

Gwinnett County voters went to the polls Tuesday to settle three races -- the Republican primary for the Gwinnett County District 3 Commission seat and two nonpartisan Gwinnett County judgeships.

Unofficial results in the  show Tommy Hunter edging out Mike Beaudreau by a margin of 50.31 to 49.69 percent -- a lead of 56 votes. 

Beaudreau, who was seeking a third term, fell just short of the majority vote needed to win outright during the July 31 primary and was forced into a runoff with Hunter. Dacula resident Mike Korom and former Snellville mayor Jerry Oberholtzer also ran.

Georgia law allows candidates to request a recount when the margin of victory is less than 1 percent. If the runoff results hold in the event of a recount, Hunter will serve as the next Gwinnett County District 3 commissioner since there are no Democratic challengers.

Both judicial races also started with a large field of candidates. In the race for the Gwinnett Superior Court judgeship being vacated by retiring Judge K. Dawson Jackson, Tracey Mason Blasi and Kathy Schrader advanced to the Aug. 21 runoff after receiving more votes than contenders Chris McClurg, Giles Sexton and Robert Walker.

Schrader won the runoff handily, defeating Blasi with nearly 70 percent of the vote.

During the July 31 primary, Emily Brantley and Pam Britt received the highest numbers of votes in the race to succeed Gwinnett State Court Judge Robert “Bob” Mock, who is also retiring. Norman Cuadra, Greg Lundy and Richard Winegarden had also sought the judgeship.

Though , she picked up just under 60 percent of the vote in Tuesday's runoff.

The unofficial results of the Aug. 21 runoff are as follows:

Gwinnett County Commissioner District 3 

  • Mike Beaudreau (I) (Rep) - 49.69%
  • Tommy Hunter (Rep) - 50.31%

Superior Court Judge - to succeed Dawson Jackson 

  • Tracy Mason Blasi - 30.17%
  • Kathy Schrader - 69.83%

State Court Judge - to succeed Robert Mock

  • Emily Brantley - 59.62%
  • Pam Britt - 40.38% 

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M.K. OSBORNE August 23, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Dacula wrecking crew ...... Whats the best nation ..... Insubordination !!
M.K. OSBORNE August 23, 2012 at 11:26 PM
You know they make medicine to get rid of that.
Kristi Reed (Editor) August 23, 2012 at 11:45 PM
M.K. - That sounds like a cheer at a football game. I wouldn't recommend trying the spelling cheer though: Gimme an I I! Gimme an N N! Gimme an S S! Gimme an U U! ... See what I mean? It could take all night to get the crowd to spell that out.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew August 24, 2012 at 03:34 AM
@ Floyd no not your economics, the 2 page WORD ditty you advertised here all ready to go on 8/2. See we really can read, retain and recall your positions from article to article. They weren't really that hard to comprehend... http://dacula.patch.com/articles/beaudreau-headed-for-runoff-tsplost-fails-and-broun-balfour-win-big Floyd Akridge5:29 am on Thursday, August 2, 2012 J...I have written a page or so in a word document describing what I think will happen. I'll post it August 22nd. Your analysis is faulty big time. Commissioner Beaudreau doubled your guy. Tommy Hunter is the one who's going to have to scrounge for votes. Keep thinking it was TSPLOST and forgetting to see what the turnout percentage was vs. history. Yall talk a semi good game but keep leaving out the fact that your guy got doubled. R 5:26 pm on Thursday, August 2, 2012 Come on "Pink", Post it NOW ... Lets all see just how good you REALLY are Who wants to read a missive from an arm chair quarterback covering Monday's night game on the following Tuesday? We have the "professional" talking heads for that approach. Floyd Akridge 6:02 pm on Thursday, August 2, 2012 R...I sure want to but I'm not going to help the opponent. I've been heavily involved in campaigns in runoffs in both candidates positions. Of course, this is politics so its possible I'm wrong but I don't think I am...time will tell Floyd Akridge
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew August 24, 2012 at 03:40 AM
And of course, just for a touch of seasoning because J is a straight shooter and I'm the accused resident "Hater Hack" there's this last bit below, just to set the tone... Floyd Akridge 9:52 pm on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 @ J...(1) It's not a hunter-beaudreau race...it's a Beaudreau-Hunter race. Mike more than doubled your guy. (2) You said countless times here that Commissioner Beaudreau was in trouble. You were clearly and obviously wrong. No shock here though...I told you otherwise. (3) You are actually going to criticize someone in a 4 person race not quite getting 50% of the vote? (4) You are right about one thing, the core (hereafter referred to as the haters) will come out again...but where is hunter going to get the other 35% of the vote? Answer...no where. (5) Lest you forget, Mike has been in the position of being in a runoff after finishing first in a primary. He knows how to campaign in the environment. Sincerely Brought to you by, Butch Conway and the Dacula Crew from NO WHERE...
Floyd Akridge August 24, 2012 at 09:15 AM
that's cool J. I hope there never is. Tommy will be the better for it.
Floyd Akridge August 24, 2012 at 09:18 AM
Ed Varn...refer to me and my previous comments regarding child molestation.
Floyd Akridge August 24, 2012 at 09:30 AM
Cynthia...I'm sorry but you are factually incorrect. As an example, I refer you to the 2000 election in D3. There was no incumbent in that race but the way the primary and runoff shaped out is very parallel. The truth here cynthia lies in the numbers. While it is true that a core supporter is much more likely to return it is a simple fact that Beaudreau's lead was so large that (1) he could have had a large number of voters not return and still win and (2) the size of the lead bred a feeling that there was no way he'd lose among non-core folks. Saw it happen just that way in 2000. Furthermore, as has been the case throughout the campaigns in D3 you have missed the obvious. I have not talked to Commissioner Beaudreau about the recount but knowing the man I can tell you exactly why he didn't ask for a recount - personal integrity. It is very unlikely anything would change and he accepted the loss and moved on. What does it say about his future? Nothing but good things.
Floyd Akridge August 24, 2012 at 09:35 AM
Kristi...the problem with looking at it based strickly on percentages is that the numbers of people participating in the two elections is vastly different. Kinda like the "fastest growing company" may have 50% growth but how much did they start with? It's not the same complete group of people in both elections Furthermore, you would have to carry that thinking out all the way. While 52% voted for someone other than Commissioner Beaudreau in the primary well over 70% voted for someone other than Hunter. If the percentage not voting for Mike in both elections is roughly the same then it's not possible for it to be drastically different for Hunter. It was of course but that's because we are not comparing the same group of voters in both races.
Floyd Akridge August 24, 2012 at 09:37 AM
Ahhh R...thanks for the reminder. Surprised I forgot that. Will do. btw...haven't forgotten the economics thing either. I have been trying to find the best way to present it.
Floyd Akridge August 24, 2012 at 09:41 AM
Greg...regarding public schools...it is possible to get a decent education in one and of the systems in Georgia Gwinnett is the best...But a private education is much much better. As for numbers, what you fail to understand is that while the percentages for Beaudreau are roughly the same the percentages that didn't vote for Hunter are not at all. That can't be in a two person race and hence you are in error. The reason they are different is that the two voter groups are dramatically different.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew August 24, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Personally, I’ve always found that actual text works… (Smiles) Sometimes, graphs look good in color.
Cynthia Montgomery August 25, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Send a couple of bottles my way because there are a couple of growths that I would like to rid myself of immediately!!! LOL Poor Floyd, even in defeat, he can argue with the results. I heard tell something about a man that would argue with a pole! How tall and thin is Floyd. I admire MB for his hard fought campaign. I did not like how each time his people came to my door they "LEAKED" a little bad news about Mr Hunter. TELL ME GOOD THINGS ABOUT YOUR MAN, don't tear down the other MAN. This is over and now on to November.
J. Morley August 25, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Thats too bad I would have never thought they would talk bad about Tommy.....LOL I thought that was Timothy Sullivan's job. Ahh it's over now, and Mike doesnt have to post on here under his assumed named ethics in gwinnett. It's been fun but it's time to get ready for Nov. Thinking about going up to Ohio and knock on some doors for Mitt! We need to win that one too!!!!!!!
Floyd Akridge August 25, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Cynthia...by genetics I am a data analyst...it's in the blood. I don't need your condescending remarks. The truth of the matter is several months ago I let you self expose when you were bloviating on a nuclear scale. You are correct about talking positive. I do agree with that.
Floyd Akridge August 25, 2012 at 10:53 PM
J...let's remember that early on in the runoff season you took a rumor about Beaudreau hiring a lawyer and ran all over here with it. By your own admission you had no evidence...just something you heard. Let's not talk about people talking bad okay? Go for Ohio! Hope you get the chance to do it. it looks like the job I've been working up in Virginia will keep me here longer and I plan on registering in Virginia when I qualify. My vote is needed here more than Georgia. Oh..one other thing...Mike didn't post under some assumed name. He wouldn't waste the time. Going out door to door is much more profitable.
Floyd Akridge August 25, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Hey everyone...my apologies for not being able to post the economics of the chamber thing yet. I do have a couple of things I want to look at that I want to use for examples but I need to verify some numbers first (and give links if at all possible). However, the real reason for the delay is that a few days ago the daughter of a friend of my wife and I lost her life in a car accident. She was a gem of a human being and this has been a tough thing to deal with. I've not been doing much on the net during these past few days. I'll be here. Hope others will join in. Economics is a cool subject because of all of the enormous number of variables that go into a result.
M.K. OSBORNE August 25, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Sorry to hear about your loss , Take your time .
Sabrina Smith August 26, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Hi Floyd: Sorry to hear of your loss. I know it is always tough, but especially so because she was so young.
Cynthia Montgomery August 26, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Floyd, I appreciate your comments on being an authority on numbers but having spent four life changing years at that journalism school near Baxter Street and across from that football field where the Bulldogs play on a cool fall day, I must tell you that others have studied how and why uneducated voters cast their ballots and I assure you millions of dollars and hours have gone into studying this human activity. Name, placement, and incumbent are the top 3 reasons that uninformed people vote for a person. As I graduated there was the beginning of the theory that sex of a candidate will beginning to sway voters also. Your example of 2000 #D proves my point as you say there WAS NO INCUMBENT. Sorry to hear about the untimely death of such a wonderful human being. The PATCH and politics are fun but family and friends matter. May God send an army of angle to bring your and her family comfort and peace.
Floyd Akridge August 26, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Thank you M.K. I appreciate it!
Floyd Akridge August 26, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Hi Sabrina...thank you. I appreciate your kindness.
Floyd Akridge August 26, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Cynthia...I don't disagree on some of the reasons the uneducated vote the way they do or when they do...my personal fav is the 1-3% a person gets if they are alphabetically first on the list. The 2000 race is a very good example despite their being no incumbant because (1) Four candidates. (2) in 2000 there were two ideological camps. Scott LeCraw was in one by himself and raised the most money and the other 3 were in similar grouping. (3) LeCraw came with inches of winning outright much like Mike did. (4) The runoff candidate was no where near LeCraw very similar to how Hunter was. (5) LeCraw lost. Now I say it parallels it and it does but it is definitely not exact. If for no other reason the technology available at the time was vastly different, the District was drawn a tiny bit different and there was no incumbant. Being a very active participant in that campaign I can accurately testify as to some of the causes of how things happened. On thing I meant to add earlier is I've been doing more thinking regarding the effects of the last minute endorsements. I still maintain that the reason Mike lost the election is that his vote just didn't turn back out. Mike's people had to have the worst imaginable turnout and Tommy had to have his best possible turnout. Both happened. But that said I previously said that they were meaningless. As I study the precinct results it appears that there was some benefit from them. Moderate but defintely there.
Floyd Akridge August 26, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Also...thank you for your kindness regarding the death of my friends daughter. I do appreciate it although I am wondering why God needs to send an army of "angle". I don't need any more protractors around here! HAHAHAHAHAHA...thought I was the only one who did that!
Cynthia Montgomery August 26, 2012 at 03:48 AM
FA, I like the visual of 1000 angels hovering above those who have lost a dear one. I love the thought that we each will be greeted in Heaven by those whom we helped come to God in our worldly lives. It sound like this, "May you be greeted in Heaven by those that you lead there." If I choose to view your account that many did not come back out to support your man, MB, then I must move one step forward & ask WHY? I stand with my first studies findings about, 1 alphabetically 2. name recog 3. (I) incumbent so, let's entertain your belief about they just did not come back to support him. The comment of "If they believe in him so much let them win it for him," is my account for his loss. He had a powerful crew & $ was no problem. He has the 3 above items in his first favor but, by the runoff we were dealing with involved voters for both men. If his involved voters did not come back it is because they had not stayed firm in their decision to put him back in office. That is the study I would like to read. There is a current study that shows Obama is in the lead in one area- Voters that voted for him in 2008 that will not revote for him and they will not go to the polls. I like this because they are saying, " I can not vote for him nor can I accept that I make a poor decision the first time around." I believe that there is a percentage of voters that NEVER come back . Maybe they forgot. Maybe they were busy. Maybe they heard or read something & decided against their first vote.
Floyd Akridge August 26, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Cynthia...I will certainally discuss this more with you in a while. I'm going to look at several other campaign results that I just thought about. One thing I'm wondering about as well is how much the focus on the national campaign, especially with conventions and the VP selection contributed. Probably will never know that one though. Did anyone hear what the turn out percentage in the county was? I'll probably have to figure out the D3 turnout percentage myself but just curious. I know it will be pathetically low...kinda like the 9% that turned out to elect a county commission chairman in 2008. Lots to look at and think about. Better than a steak dinner!
Maria A. August 26, 2012 at 07:12 AM
I am amazed at the arrogance displayed by some on this site, especially Mr. Akridge....or should I say "Mr. Know-it-all Akridge. I am a retired public school teacher....and some of the lowest students who moved into the districts where I taught came from private schools. A little rule of thumb is: Don't think of yourself (or your station in life) more highly than you ought. That advice could have gone for MB for the past few years. MB was too young to handle the prestige he apparently believed accompanied "his" position. He has been duly humbled. I hope he learns how to treat others. I must address the V. Hill post from a few days ago, as well as a few others when they have discussed how Tommy Hunter will vote. I have known this gentleman for several years, and have had conversations with him before he ran for office. Tommy is absolutely NOT "in" with the Bannister "gang" in any way. Although he is congenial to John Heard, Tommy gets along with everyone if he can. He will not be swayed to vote John's way....because Tommy thinks for himself. He is also not in the back pocket of Lassiter, Kenerly, Bannister, McKinney, or anyone else. That likely comes as a shock to some of you who are so full of yourselves you may explode at any moment. In your minds, some of you have dubbed Tommy as uneducated, unethical, and just plain dumb. He is non of those adjectives. I have utmost respect for him and expect he may just live up to my current knowledge of his abilities.
Floyd Akridge August 26, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Maria...I always find it funny when people talk about the arrogance of others while being nothing but arrogant themselves. Maria...I attended both public and private schools and hands down the private school wins. For instance, in private school my senior year I completed 3 1/2 years of math...an opportunity that does not present itself in public schools. Private schools are more demanding and don't take weeks out of the yearly school schedule for parties, taking up books before school is out, etc. the year is spent learning. Also contained in your post was how we here had dubbed Tommy as uneducated, unethical and just plain dumb. Correct me if I am in error but I don't remember anyone doing so. Seems to me you are making an arguement about something that didn't happen. You mention being congenial to John Heard. Fact...John Heard = Bill McKinney.
Maria A. August 26, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Floyd, you are SO full of yourself! Glad you think I'm arrogant. Thanks. Interesting that public schools do not allow 3 1/2 years of math in one year. There's a reason for that. Just so you know, parties are not allowed in most schools, and it only takes a short time to take up books, depending on the number of students. Nice try on your part for your judgment of public school affairs. You are out of touch, however. Glad you had a nice private school experience. That does not mean public schools are the evil stepchildren. There does not have to be an us-them mentality. I gave my opinion, and it stands. The attitude on here is that some of you present your thoughts, and the reader understands (that's called "reading between the lines") what you mean. We're not stupid, Floyd. Get over yourself and quit trying to pick all my words apart. Write about what you know and stop trying to denigrade everyone who may write something you disagree with. The word "congenial" means "of a pleasant disposition; friendly and sociable". In context, I was saying that Tommy is nice to John Heard, listens to his opinions, and makes an attempt to understand where John is coming from....whether or not he agrees with what John is saying. You have your mind made up, so I am not attempting to sway your limited opinion. I only stated what I know. You stick with what you know and quit trying to pick apart what I know and we'll be OK. I could debate you until the cows come home...if I had time!
J. Morley August 27, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Floyd I didnt bring up Bootdro and the attorney question I just kept asking about it until you addressed the question..... For the record John Heard and Tommy cant be too close after all John had Tommy removed from the planning commission in the middle of the primary....... Nice try though, but I'm pretty sure John was encouraged to make that happen and I would think I know where the driving force behind that came from. No Mckinney, Bannister, kennerly, Lassiter, Newton. heard connection to be found!


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