Fani Willis defeats Paul Howard in Fulton County DA runoff

WAOK Staff
August 11, 2020 - 10:45 pm
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Fulton County voters decided on what many have called the most important race in recent years. The primary runoff election for the district attorney seat pitted incumbent Paul Howard against his former employee Fani Willis.

The final count shows Willis clinching the win making her the new Fulton County District Attorney. The victory is also historic, as she is also the first African American female elected to the position.   

Throughout the election, Fani Willis continued to state that Fulton County needs a fresh change, not more of the same, and she charged voters to question Howard’s integrity. The battle for the office was notably one of Howard’s toughest elections.  During the campaign, the seasoned former district attorney was called out for handling the Rayshard Brooks case and previous female staffers filed sexual harassment complaints against him. In addition, Howard recently agreed to pay a $6,500 state ethics fine for failing to disclose his role as a CEO for two non-profits. 

During the election run, Willis has insisted that her commitment to the people of Fulton County is unmatched. She promised to implement several community-based youth prevention programs and put systems in place to restore trust with the community and the police department.

Through it all, voters in Fulton County have chosen to elect the Howard University Alum and Emory Law grad as District Attorney, which ushers in a new leader who has promised to be tough, emphatic, and to lead with integrity. 

Election returns here...