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Barr earns GOP bid for new House 103 seat

Gwinnett County newcomer wins new district that straddles Hall, Gwinnett

POSTED: August 1, 2012 12:29 a.m.

Timothy Barr, a Gwinnett County construction company owner, defeated Flowery Branch resident Ken Russell in Tuesday night’s Republican primary to claim the newly redrawn state House District 103 seat.

Barr captured about 60 percent of the vote to Russell’s 40 percent.

The North Gwinnett resident credited his victory to “all the hard work of all my volunteers and making a personal contact with so many voters.”

Barr said he believed he was able to relate to voters through “being a real person, sharing the struggle of being a small business owner and father, and wanting to see some substantive change of our political system.”

He will run unopposed in the Nov. 6 general election because no Democrat qualified for the race.

District 103 was redrawn as part of statewide redistricting efforts that followed the release of U.S. census data, a process repeated every 10 years. The district includes the southernmost part of Hall County and a small section of northeastern Gwinnett County.

Barr has said he believes improving the economy is a key issue.

“I experience that daily with owning my own company and everybody has to make a living somehow, so that needs to be No. 1,” he said in an earlier interview.

He added that he believes “we need to look at some restructuring, in a serious way, of our tax code in Georgia.”

Russell, an FBI retiree and former owner of a private investigative firm, couldn’t be reached for comment.

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