Hall County Commissioner Jeff Stowe, a Republican, has won re-election, beating challenger Democrat Angela Middleton 58.41 percent to 41.45 percent.
Stowe serves District 4, which encompasses most of the Gainesville city limits.
Turnout in the district was 66.1 percent.
Who is he?: Stowe has served on boards and volunteered with local nonprofits and community development agencies since before his time as a county commissioner. He was first elected to office in 2012 and works at The Norton Agency in Gainesville.
How he reacted: “I’m extremely happy,” Stowe said. “I’m glad we had a great voter turnout. I’m very excited that the people believe my message … and want to give me another four years to accomplish the things we started. It definitely makes you feel good. It does give you a little extra energy.”
On the issues: Stowe said he hopes to continue tapping relationships he has developed to generate financial and material support for parks, community centers and housing on the south side of Gainesville.
Stowe said his campaign promises in 2012, which also included lowering property taxes and balancing the budget, have been met and that he will stand on these principles.
What’s next: Stowe will likely be sworn into a new term in December, though a formal date is not set.