Early voting is open in the race to fill the Georgia Senate District 11 seat being vacated by longtime Senator John Bulloch, who is retiring.
Bainbridge City Councilman and OB-GYN Dr. Dean Burke, and Coolidge minister and former state Representative and Congressional nominee Mike Keown are engaged in a runoff, as the two high voter-getters in a six-man field.
Burke earned 42.6% of the vote, while Keown got 37.4%.
Both men say they are more than qualified for the position.
"With my background in medicine and in the health care system. My background as a business owner. My background in agriculture. My background and knowledge with the water situation in southwest Georgia. All of those make me the most qualified candidate," said Burke.
"I am the only one is this campaign with any experience at the state level. So I'm the one that is job ready. I'm the one who is going to be ready to go to work. The session will already be started and will probably be at around day 15 by the time whoever wins this race gets there," said Keown.
The runoff will be held on February 5th.
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