Atlanta, GA (AP) - Republican Mark Butler has been elected Georgia's
next labor commissioner, becoming the first ever GOP candidate
elected to the post.
Unofficial returns from Tuesday's election show that Butler beat
Democrat Darryl Hicks with 63 percent of the vote with 45 percent
of precincts reporting. Libertarian candidate Will Costa was also
in the race.
Democrats had been elected to the office since it was first
created in 1938. Democratic incumbent Michael Thurmond decided not
to seek re-election so he could run for U.S. Senate.
Butler has been a state representative for about eight years.
During the campaign, he promised to support random drug testing for
people receiving unemployment benefits and work with industry to
determine what skill sets businesses need from the state workforce.
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