Holcomb Prevails in House District 81

Boedeker conceded defeat Tuesday, complimenting his opponent on a well-run campaign.

Chris Boedeker conceded defeat in an unorthodox race for House District 81, which covers Brookhaven, Tucker and North Druid Hills.

Rep. Scott Holcomb seemed to prevail with 8,700 votes and 56 percent of the vote; Boedeker received 6,824 votes and 44 percent of the votes, according to an unofficial tally by DeKalb County elections.

The vote total doesn’t include mailed-in absentee votes.

The race included mudslinging, including House Democrats accusing Boedeker of suggesting Holcomb used illegal drugs. Incumbent Holcomb didn’t return phone calls election night.

Boedeker conceded “mistakes” he made in his time running for any office.

“I don’t want to get into specifics,” he said. “Yeah, we wanted a focused message.”

Holcomb wasn't as vague or as forgiving Wednesday morning about the campaigning of his opponent.

"I'm proud of the campaign I ran and I'm very thankful to my amazing team.  I also want to thank the voters for re-electing me and for rejecting the negative, corrosive, and dishonest campaign of my opponent."

Boedeker complimented his opponent, who is considered a rising star in the state’s Democratic Party. Controversy arose in the Democratic primary when House District 81 was merged.

Legislator Elena Parent’s and Holcomb’s districts were merged into one single District 81 by legislative Republicans when Georgia's legislative maps were redrawn to conform to the new Census numbers. Parent stepped down voluntarily.

“He ran a clearly sharp, professional campaign and it really worked out,” Boedeker said in defeat.

The race was never really close Tuesday, with Holcomb coming out with 56 percent of the vote in early election tallies.

In the GOP primary, it got ugly. Against primary opponent Carla Roberts, that contest was filled with accusations flying back and forth from both sides. Boedeker tried to have Roberts disqualified from the race by saying she wasn't a legal resident, a charge that was dismissed. Roberts claimed intimidation.

Jason Massad November 07, 2012 at 07:17 PM
That's definitely a point of view since Republicans redrew the boundaries.
dan November 07, 2012 at 07:21 PM
So taking post-election jabs at the losing candidate almost half of us voted for is how you bridge an already divisive district?? Point being, you, dems, and especially our rep Holcomb should not write-off half of us who voted republican as being "seriously in need of help" if he's truly to represent us, and we're all truly to get anything worthwhile accomplished for DeKalb.
Nancy McPherson-Ives November 07, 2012 at 07:48 PM
The redistricting process was handled far more fairly than the Dems reapportioned ten years ago. Then, the 80th was divvied up forcing a run between Fran Millar and J. Max Davis, Sr.
Nancy McPherson-Ives November 07, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Eddie, You will have little to worry about - Brookhaven will escape Milton, if it comes to fruition. The GOP missed a super-majority so Milton is where it was - legislative purgatory.
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