One DeKalb school board incumbent poised to win; another may face runoff

Atlanta District 6 candidates Venola Mason, Janet Hughes and Diijon DaCosta.

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Atlanta District 6 candidates Venola Mason, Janet Hughes and Diijon DaCosta.

A DeKalb County school board member who voted to fire Cheryl Watson-Harris as superintendent appears headed to a runoff election, according to election results posted early Wednesday.

With all precincts reporting, incumbent Diijon DaCosta appeared to fall slightly below the 50% threshold needed to avoid the June 21 runoff.

Janet Hughes had the second highest votes in that race, following by Venola Mason. The results posted to the Georgia Secretary of State website are considered unofficial until certified.

ExploreDeKalb school board candidates split on firing of superintendent

Another incumbent, Allyson Gevertz, had a commanding lead in the District 4 race over Bonnie Chappell with 91% of precincts reporting as of 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. Gevertz was absent when the superintendent was fired last month, but has been critical of the board’s decision.

With all precincts reporting, Candice D. McKinley had the most votes in the District 2 race, followed closely by Whitney McGinniss, then Steven Bowden and Wendy Hamilton.

DeKalb school board races are nonpartisan.

DeKalb is the state’s third-largest school system, with nearly 94,000 students.