Results in the south Georgia senate race

Posted at 11:34 PM, Feb 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-05 23:34:00-05

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WTXL)--Unofficial results are in and it appears a doctor from Bainbridge claims the vacant Georgia senate district 11 seat.

The runoff, a race between Dean Burke of Bainbridge and Mike Keown of Coolidge.

Mike Keown got close to 42 percent of the vote but Dean Burke ended up with around 58 percent.

"I'm ex military I learned when I was in the military to stand up for my country and this is another way to do so," said voter Mark Copeland.

To Thomas County resident Mark Copeland the right to vote means so much to him that he brought his son Koda to the polls Tuesday.

"I wanted to instill in him how important it is to go out and vote and show you're support it's the right thing to do for your community," said Copeland.

No matter who you vote for Mark Copeland says it's better than just sitting on the sidelines.

Dean Burke, a doctor and former city councilman in Bainbridge unofficially won the race for senate district 11 and now he says he says he's ready to get to work.

"I really want to focus on the economy of southwest Georgia and the job situation," said Burke.

Burke will represent Decatur, Early, Seminole, Miller, Mitchell, Grady, and portions of Colquitt and Thomas counties.

This race came after John Bulloch stepped down from the district 11 back in December.