Woodruff, a public defender in the four-county judicial circuit, lost the election by 42 votes in the race against incumbent Herbert “Buzz” Franklin in the July 31 general primary.
The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit includes Walker, Catoosa, Dade and Chattooga counties.
After 21,914 votes were cast, Franklin received 10,978 votes to Woodruff’s 10,936 votes, which is less than a fifth of 1 percent. Georgia law provides a recount upon request if the difference is not more than 1 percent.
Woodruff was present at three of the four recounts on Aug. 9 and complimented all of the election officials, the release stated.
“The attention to detail and diligence employed by all of the officials throughout the election was exemplary,” Woodruff said. “I want to thank them for their hospitality, courtesy and transparency during the recount process.”
Woodruff said he is disappointed with the results, but proud of his campaign and the work that went into it.
“This was a universally positive experience thanks to the good people of Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade and Walker counties and the many volunteers and supporters of my campaign,” he said. “It was my honor to have had the opportunity to seek election, meet so many new friends and to strengthen old friendships in the process.”
Woodruff said he called Franklin after the recount and congratulated him on the win.