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Powell-Sims to represent District 151 a second time

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July 18, 2006

Albany-- For a second time, Freddie Powell Sims has defeated Lawrence Roberts for a seat in the Georgia House. Two years ago, Sims ousted Roberts and now she will hold on to the District 151 seat with 66 percent of the vote.

Both candidates for the State Representative District 151 seat spent the night watching poll results closely. Lawrence Roberts optimistically waited at the Government Center.

"We're optimistic that our hard work paid off," says Roberts. Roberts spent twelve years in the General Assembly, experience he says made him want to run again.

"There's a lot of projects that are left unfinished and I need to get back in there and finish those projects for the people of Albany-Dougherty County," says Roberts. And it's those same people that decide just who will win. 

Roberts' second time opponent Freddie Powell Sims sat anxiously with family, friends and supporters.  By 8:30, she still hadn't won but had 63 percent of the vote.

"There's always a lot of hard work in campaigning but it is so worth it," says Powell-Sims. It paid off.  By 9:30, she won the election with 66 percent.  She credits a tough campaign and voter turnout.

"I'm very appreciative of that and I'm looking forward to serving another two years," says Powell Sims. For two more years, she'll continue focusing on economic development and education in the general assembly.

"We are so in need of a viable school system, one that is strong and one that can support economic development in this area," says Powell-Sims.

Roberts says it's up in the air if he'll try a third time for the 151 seat. "You can never say never. I said never two years ago and I found myself here again this time," says Roberts.

But for now it'll be Freddie Powell Sims representing parts of Albany in the state House of Representatives.

Lawrence Roberts says he wishes Sims the best and hopes she does a good job for the area.

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