ATLANTA — Fani Willis defeated incumbent Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard in Tuesday's runoff race. Howard was running against Willis for the Democratic nomination.
Willis and Howard worked together previously when she was one of his assistant district attorneys.
In the June 9 primary, Willis earned more votes than Howard – 73,145 to 60,197 votes. Neither earned more than 50 percent of the votes.
Howard has been the Fulton County District Attorney since 1997 and is currently serving his sixth term.
There were no Republicans that qualified for the race so this puts Willis in the driver seat on the November ballot. Tuesday night, she talked about why she believed voters supported her.
"Justice to victims, but who will also bring compassion and common sense to every case, and seek to repair what's broken, not just seek retribution," she said."
Howard said in his speech that he would still do everything in his power to make sure "we continue to have one of the safest places in the country."
"I want Fani to know that I will extend my every effort to make sure that her transition is a smooth one," he said.
Listen to the remarks from Willis and Howard below.
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