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Judge rules for district voting in Fayette Co. election
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ATLANTA -- A federal judge has just ruled that the election to replace a Fayette County commissioner will be decided by those in her district.

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Pota Coston was elected in 2014 – the first black elected official in Fayette County's history. This was, many said, in large part due to a judge's decision to force districts within the county to vote for their own commissioners. The judge, at the time, said the decision would give voices to under-represented communities, namely the black community, which makes up 21% of Fayette County.

Coston passed away in July. On Monday a judge said the district would elect her replacement the same way it elected her.

"It means that we care about all of the voices in Fayette County and not just the majority of voices," said resident Ogechi Oparah. "It's really a win for inclusiveness and making people who live in Fayette County – and who might want to live in Fayette County – feel welcome."

Opponents of the decision desired an at-large system, where everyone in the county would vote for Coston's replacement.

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