published Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Steve Tarvin wins re-election in Georgia's District 2 primary; District 1 in runoff

Steve Tarvin
Steve Tarvin
Photo by Erin O. Smith /Chattanooga Times Free Press.


Republican primary

State House Representative District 1

John Deffenbaugh -- 1,519

Robert Goff -- 941

Alan Painter -- 915

Republican primary

State House Representative District 2

Steve Tarvin -- 2,661

L.E. “Ebeth” Edwards -- 972

Rebecca Ann Brown -- 406

Republican primary

State Senate District 53

Jeff Mullis -- 6,704

Thomas Dooley -- 3,064

Note: All results are unofficial until certified.

Voters in North Georgia Republican primaries decided the Senate District 53 and House District 2 seats for the next term.

Republican incumbent Steve Tarvin was a primary victor in House District 2 in a three-way races.

Tarvin had more than 60 percent of the vote at press time to beat out L.E. "Ebeth" Edwards with 25 percent and Rebecca Ann Brown, with 9 percent, at a distant third in the GOP District 2 primary.

Tarvin will become the seat holder since there is no Democratic candidate vying for the post, but in District 1 incumbent John Deffenbaugh apparently will be in a runoff with Robert Goff. The winner will face Democrat Thomas McMahan in November.

Tarvin, a pro-gun Republican, filled former House Rep. Jay Neal's seat when Neal resigned for a state post. Tarvin in February won a runoff election against Lafayette mayor Neal Florence and was able to attend the General Assembly for half the session.

Deffenbaugh, with 1,519 votes, led Painter, with 915 votes, and Goff, who carried Dade County and netted 941.

Deffenbaugh said he was "hoping some miracle will happen so I won't have to go to a runoff. It's just a matter of what the people want," he said.

Meanwhile, incumbent Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, won handily over his primary opponent Tom Dooley for the Senate District 53 seat, a result that decides that post since there is no Democratic challenger for August. Mullis has held the seat since 2000.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at or 423-757-6569.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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