Beverly defeats Jones in state House District 139 race

James Beverly will represent Macon in the state House after a nearly 2 to 1 margin of victory over fellow Democrat Anissa Jones in a special election.

The 42-year-old optometrist campaigned on economic development, specifically, making Macon a health-care hub.

Beverly attracted a legal challenge to his residency when Jones pointed out that he filed a homestead exemption in another district. Beverly said he actually lives in a leased home in the 139th district and noted that his medical practice too is in the district.

Beverly garnered 65.5 percent of the votes with 88 percent of the precincts reporting. He held a 2,893-1,521 vote advantage.