Westmoreland re-elected to House seat

Coweta County resident Lynn Westmoreland appears to be going back to Washington next year.

With early results it appeard Westmoreland would be easily re-elected to his Third House District seat on Tuesday in the Republican primary. Opposing him was C. E. “Chip” Flanegan.

At 10 p.m. with five of the 13 counties in the district reporting, Westmoreland was ahead – 28,192 to 12,603. Coweta’s results at that time showed Westmoreland with 1,851 votes to Flanegan’s 884.

Westmoreland was born and raised in Georgia. He lived in Fayette County for more than 25 years before moving to Coweta County. He ran his own building company before being elected to the Georgia State House where he served for 12 years.

Westmoreland was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia’s eighth district in 2004. The eighth district was later converted to the the third district. In 2012, Westmoreland was re-elected for his fifth term in Congress.

Flanagan grew up in a military family and lived in different countries before moving to Georgia in 1971. He has lived in the third district more than 20 years. Flanagan founded Jonesboro Rental Center in 1980.

In two state level races in Coweta, contenders had no opposition Tuesday, but will face each other in November. For the Senate District 28 seat, incumbent Mike Crane had no opposition from Republicans but faces a challenge in November from Democrat Cynthia Conradt Bennett.

State Rep. Carl Von Epps is not seeking re-election to the District 132 House seat. The district includes precincts in south Coweta, as well as in Meriwether and Troup counties. Republican W. E. “Gene” King and Democrat Robert “Bob” Trammell Jr. will face each other for the post in the Nov. 4 general election.



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