APN 2016 Primary Overview, Part Five: DeKalb County Races
(APN) ATLANTA — In our continuing coverage of the May 2016 Primary Election and Non-partisan General Election races in Georgia, this article looks at several positions on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners that are up for reelection this year, along with several other DeKalb County seats.
Previously, Atlanta Progressive News reviewed the races for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, State Senate and House in districts encompassing parts of DeKalb and/or Fulton counties, Public Service Commission, and Fulton County Commission races.
DEKALB COUNTY CEO
It should come as no surprise the Dekalb County CEO position is a wide open race.
As previously reported by Atlanta Progressive News, Burrell Ellis, the last elected CEO of Dekalb County, was suspended by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, and was later found guilty of corruption in July 2015.
Former DeKalb Commissioner Lee May (District 5) was appointed by Gov. Deal as Interim Dekalb County CEO.
Interim CEO May is not running to retain his position as CEO in the upcoming election. He previously resigned from his District 5 seat, which led to a Special Election in which Commissioner Mereda Johnson was elected.
There are three Democrats running for the CEO position.
Former Commissioner Connie Stokes previously served in the Georgia Legislature, and in 2014 ran as the Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor.
Joe Bembry is from the automotive services sector.
Former Labor Commissioner Mike Thurmond also previously served in the Georgia Legislature, and in 2010 ran as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. He also served as an Interim Superintendent of DeKalb County School District from 2013 to 2015.
There is one Republican running for the CEO position: Jack Lovelace, a business owner and accountant.
The Democratic nominee will face Lovelace in the General Election.
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 1
Incumbent Commissioner Nancy Jester (District 1) is running unopposed.
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 4
Incumbent Commissioner Sharon-Barnes Sutton (District 4) is facing two Democratic challengers: Lance Lawyer Hammonds, a chemical salesman; and Steve Bradshaw, a business development manager.
Willie J. Willis, a tax examiner, is seeking the Republican nomination.
The Democratic nominee will face Willis in the General Election.
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 5
Incumbent Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson (District 5) is running unopposed.
BOARD OF COMMISSIONER DISTRICT 6
Incumbent Commissioner Kathie Gannon (District 6) is facing a Democratic challenger, Warren Mosby, a consultant, in the General Election. Mosby has done consulting work with Commissioner Barnes-Sutton.
Mosby is the brother of State Rep. Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta) and Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong (District 5).
CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT
Incumbent Clerk Debra Deberry (D) is running unopposed.
In this non-partisan race, incumbent Judge Jeryl Debra Rosh is running unopposed.
Incumbent Sheriff Jeffrey L. Mann is facing four Democratic challengers and one Republican challenger.
The four Democratic challengers are: Geraldine Champion, a retired homicide detective; Kyle Keith Jones, a business owner; Michael Williams, a law enforcement officer; and Ted Golden, a retired DEA agent.
The Republican challenger is Harrold Dennis, a former Dekalb reserve lieutenant.
All candidates will face off in the General Election.
The Tax Commissioner position is a wide open race with three Democratic candidates, and no incumbent. Claudia Lawson has retired.
The three Democrats are: Irvin J. Johnson, a tax commissioner; former Commissioner Stan Watson (Super District 7); and Susannah Scott, an attorney.
The Democratic nominee will face no challenger in the General Election.
Former Commissioner Watson’s resignation from the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners has resulted in a Special Election being called to replace him.
BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 1
Incumbent Stan Jester is running unopposed.
BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 3
In this nonpartisan race, incumbent Michael Erwin will face Sarah Copelin-Wood, a homemaker.
BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 5
Incumbent Vickie B. Turner is running unopposed.
BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 7
Incumbent Joyce Morley is running unopposed.
JUDGE OF STATE COURT
There are four incumbent judges running unopposed: Mike Jacobs; Wayne M. Purdom; Stacey K. Hydrick; and Janis C. Gordon.
The one contested bench is that of Dax Lopez. Judge Lopez will face Roderick Bridges, an attorney.
Judge races are all non-partisan.
Incumbent Solicitor, Sherry Boston, will not be seeking another term. Boston has decided to challenge Dekalb County District Attorney Robert James for the DA position.
There are two Democratic candidates running for Solicitor: Donna Coleman-Stribling, an attorney; and Nicole Marchand Golden, an attorney.
Coleman-Stribling and Golden will face off in the Democratic Primary
The Democratic nominee will face no challenger.
ASSOCIATE JUDGE OF STATE COURT
There are four incumbent judges up for reelection. All four judges are running unopposed.
The four incumbent judges are: Shondeana C. Morris; Kiesha R. Storey; Ronald B. Ramsey, SR; and Brian K. Ross.
Incumbent Chief Magistrate Berryl A. Anderson is running unopposed.