It will be another month to find out who’s going to replace Simone Bell in House District 58 as no candidate reached the 50 percent plus one threshold in Tuesday’s special election and it will be headed to a runoff. 24-year-old political newcomer Park Cannon will face off against former state Rep. Ralph Long III on Feb. 16. If elected, Cannon would be the first openly queer person to serve in the state legislature.
Cannon finished with 47 percent of the vote while Long finished with 34 percent and attorney Kwame Thompson with 19 percent. 834 total votes were cast according to Fulton County election results. District 58 includes parts of Midtown, East Point and Dekalb County.