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House District 8: Gallop Franklin wins Democratic primary

A woman in a blue blazer and a man in blue pants and a white shirt stand smiling.
Valerie Crowder
Gallop Franklin and his wife Chelsea Franklin (right) celebrate the Democratic candidate's primary election win on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022.

Democrat Gallop Franklin defeated four other candidates in the party’s primary race for House District 8 — which covers part of Leon County and all of Gadsden County. He faces Republican Curt Bender in November. The seat opened after state Rep. Ramon Alexander announced he wouldn’t seek reelection.

Valerie Crowder hosts and produces state and local newscasts during All Things Considered. Her reporting on local government and politics has received state and regional award recognition. She has also contributed stories to NPR newscasts.