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Roswell Judge Race Heads To Runoff

Unofficial results have municipal court judge candidates Brian A. Hansford and Melanie Ellwanger as the top two vote-getters.

Credit: Patch
Credit: Patch
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting results, Roswell residents will have to head back to the polls in July to choose a new municipal court judge.

The race to elect the city's judge will head to a runoff. Unofficial results have candidates Brian A. Hansford and Melanie Ellwanger as the top two vote-getters.

Hansford leads the pack with 40 percent, or 3,249 votes, followed by Ellwanger at 32 percent, or 2,576 votes. Both candidates John Monroe and Leslie Donaho did not received enough votes to break into the runoff. 

Monroe has received 16 percent, or 1,267 votes, and Donaho has garnered 13 percent, or 1,019 votes. A total of 8,130 Roswell votes cast ballots in the election.

For the Fulton County Commission District 2 race, Republican candidate Bob Ellis appears to be on his way to defeating challenger Eric Broadwell. With 58 of 59 precincts reporting results, Ellis is leading the race with 66 percent, or 5,831 votes, to Broadwell's 34 percent, or 3,051 votes.

For the District 3 seat, candidate Lee Morris is leading the field. 
 
With 44 out of 62 precincts reporting, Morris currently has 57 percent, or 3,712 votes. He's followed by fellow challengers Bernie Tokarz at 17 percent, or 1,091 votes; Cory Ruth at 16 percent, or 1,033 votes; and Alexander Palacios at 11 percent, or 682 votes.

In the at-large District 7 race, Democrat John Eaves is holding onto a slim lead over fellow incumbent Robb Pitts. With 298 out of 365 precincts reporting, Eaves currently leads with 51 percent, or 17,565 votes over Pitts' 49 percent, or 17,045 votes. 

Eaves will face Republican challenger Earl Cooper.

For the Fulton County School Board race, District 7 incumbent Julia Bernath is also leading challenger Kate Wittschen with 23 out of 24 precincts reporting results. Bernath has 53 percent, or 3,273 votes. Wittschen currently has 47 percent, or 2,881. 

The runoff election will be held on July 22. 

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