Newcomer gets Bobby Franklin's House seat

John Carson, a CPA with SunTrust Bank, beat former state senator Robert Lamutt in the runoff  between the two Republicans to fill the House seat held by the late Rep. Bobby Franklin.

Just 1,900 residents, about 6.3 percent of eligible voters, in the district cast ballots in the runoff election Tuesday.

Carson, who has never held elected office, garnered 1,250 votes compared to Lamutt's 668 votes, according to unofficial results from Cobb County’s elections board. Throughout the special election and runoff, Carson has campaigned on a platform of being a new voice for the district, instead of an establishment candidate.

Franklin was found dead in his home in July after having complained of chest pains.

By Janel Davis
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution