At midnight Wednesday night, many people here in the Panhandle will have a new state representative.
Marti Coley, wife of the late David Coley, the first term District 7 state representative who died this past March, has won a special election to fill the seat.
Coley, a Republican, beat Democratic challenger Carl Duncan, by a wide margin; nearly 82 percent to Duncan's 18 percent.
Coley celebrated Tuesday night’s victory with dozens of supporters in Marianna.
Coley praised the crowd for their support as she told them the campaign was a hard thing to do, but the right thing to do in order to carry on her husband's plans. She says economic development will be her main focus as she plans to work hard to make the Panhandle a better place.
Rep. Marti Coley, (R) Marianna, says, "I look forward to trying to bring new jobs and growth to this area, while at the same time preserving the natural beauty that we have. We've got a gorgeous district and I'd like for it to stay that way."
Coley will take office at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. There’s no date yet for her to take the oath of office.