Rep. Lee Anderson wins Georgia Senate District 24 runoff, faces Democratic opponent in November


COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – Lee Anderson and Greg Gryzbowski went head to head in Georgia’s State Senate District 24 runoff.

Georgia State Senate District 24 candidate Lee Anderson speaks with WJBF NewsChannel 6 after advancing in a Republican runoff on July 26, 2016.

While both candidates are very different, Lee Anderson believes it’s his experience in leadership roles that won over voters in this runoff. Still he knows the campaign’s not over yet.

“I feel good. I feel good. It’s just been a long battle,” Anderson told WJBF NewsChannel 6.

In the May elections, Anderson won 6 out of the 8 counties in District 24 that he will represent in Atlanta, Ga.

During Tuesday’s runoff crowded by family, friends, and supporter Anderson patiently watched the votes come in. Anderson a farmer, school board member, and former Columbia County Commissioner says making the best decision for the people comes down to experience.

“I make sure that I communicate with all the leaders in every county,” he said. “So that we will all be a team. So we can do what’s right for every area we are representing.”

While the Georgia farmer says he’s honored to have been endorsed by many prominently leaders in the community, he says it’s the people who decide the winner and it’s the people who he will set out to represent.

If elected, Anderson says his first order of business is to work on saving citizens a few dollars.

“I know of a way that we can possibly save money… tax dollars on inmates in prison. But at the same time turn their lives around, so they can be a productive citizen in the community.” Anderson said.

Anderson will challenge Democratic candidate Brenda Jordan in November.Important Dates: 

  • The last day to register to vote in the General Election is October 11th.
  • Early voting starts October 17th.
  • General Election Day is November 8th.

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – A special runoff election is being held Tuesday for Georgia State Senate District 24. The May 24th contest was too close to call between Republicans Lee Anderson and Greg Grzybowski. Anderson edged out Grzybowski 36.2 percent to 18.7 percent of votes the first time around.

The two Republicans fighting to represent Columbia, Lincoln, Wilkes, and a handful of other counties have very different backgrounds. Anderson is a farmer who has served as a state representative, Columbia County commissioner, and school board member. Grzybowski retired from the Army last year after 23 years of service and now works as a contractor for the Department of Defense.

The candidates have very different opinions of Columbia County’s rapid growth.

“I’ve seen this county grow so much in my whole lifetime because I’ve lived here my whole life and I’ve been part of the team. It takes a team to grow a community like this and I have that experience. I’m the only candidate that has that experience,” said Anderson.

“We could do it a lot smarter and I believe that that’s part of where I can help do that, bring that infrastructure development in from a state level perspective across the entire senate district. Then we’ll see business growth at a much better pace and a much better implementation than what we’ve seen in Columbia County,” said Grzybowski.

Grzybowski has never held political office but says that works to his advantage.

“I wouldn’t even say its political experience. I would say that it’s really a choice between moving forward into the future with a very different perspective than the old way of doing business, and I don’t think the old way of doing business has got our state to where we want to be,” Grzybowski said.

Anderson, on the other hand, relies on his experience.

“They know that they can count on me, they know I have the wisdom, the knowledge, and experience and the qualifications to go do a great job of being a state senator,” said Anderson.

Brenda Jordan ran unopposed in the Democrat primary. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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