Democrat Jonathan Wallace has won election in northeast Georgia to an open seat in the state House.
Voters in Clarke and Oconee counties elected Wallace on Tuesday to the 119th District.
The seat was vacated by Republican Rep. Chuck Williams of Watkinsville in August after Gov. Nathen Deal appointed him to head the Georgia Forestry Commission.
Three Republicans — Lawton Lord, Marcus Wiedower and Steven Strickland — also ran for the seat.
The winner will serve the remaining year in Williams' unfinished term, but will have to run again in 2018 to hold onto the seat. All state House and Senate members must seek re-election next year to stay in office.
Meanwhile, Republican Kasey Carpenter has won a four-way special election for a vacant state House seat in northwest Georgia.
Whitfield County voters elected Carpenter on Tuesday to replace Republican Rep. Bruce Broadrick of Dalton. Broadrick stepped down from his 4th District seat in September, citing failing health.
Carpenter and fellow GOP candidates Beau Patton and Eddie Caldwell ran for the seat. So did one Democrat, Peter Pociask.
Carpenter will serve the remaining year of Broadrick's unfinished term, but will need to run again next year when all state lawmakers' seats are on the ballot.
Democrats will retain control of a metro Atlanta seat in the state House that was vacated by a lawmaker who's running for governor.
Smyrna consultant Teri Anulewicz was the only candidate on the ballot Tuesday in the special election in Cobb County. She will succeed former Democratic Rep. Stacey Evans of Smyrna, who gave up her seat in September to devote more time to her 2018 campaign for governor.
Anulewicz will fill the final year of Evans' unfinished House term. But the newcomer will have to run again next year if she wants a full two-year term. All state House and Senate incumbents seeking re-election will be on the 2018 ballot.