If you have followed their careers, both Teresa Cantrell and Chuck Efstration have seemed headed toward the ballot for years.
Cantrell, a former planning commissioner, has been outspoken on community issues and involved in everything from the PTA to her own small-town cafe, while Efstration’s beginnings as a prosecutor lead to work as the chairman of the Gwinnett GOP.
Now, with the District 104 seat centered in Dacula left vacant by Donna Sheldon’s focus on a congressional campaign, voters are set to choose between the two in a runoff Tuesday for the Georgia House of Representative.
“The citizens in District 104 deserve a representative with experience, proven conservative values, a defender of the constitution and religious liberties, a fighter for the best education for our kids and someone who has worked on pro-life issues,” said Cantrell, who has spent weeks talking to constituents to try to explain the difference between the two.
Both say their experience sets them apart, with Efstration touting a list of endorsements from local political leaders, while Cantrell boasts accolades from organizations like Georgia Right to Life and the NRA.
“My record of service to the community speaks for itself and makes me uniquely qualified to represent House District 104,” Estration said. “As an assistant district attorney, I worked in law enforcement to keep our families safe, and as the chairman of the Gwinnett Republican Party, I stood up our conservative principles and values.”
Estration says he has provided specific plans to improve the economy, including working to pass a state version of the FairTax, providing ethics reform and protection of schools.
But Cantrell points out that she has navigated the tax issues and regulations as a small business owner and traversed the public, private and homeschool choices when raising her four kids, while her opponent, just 30, is starting out in life.
“(Voters) have seen many politicians and know talk is cheap but success and experience matter,” she said.