In nearby South Fulton, incumbent Mayor William “Bill” Edwards lost his reelection campaign to Khalid Kamau, a former councilman. A prominent Democratic Socialist, Kamau got 59% of the vote and will lead Georgia’s eighth most populous city.
Kamau was among the city leaders who attempted to remove Edwards from office in 2019 due to a controversial development deal, but an investigative hearing ended soon after without a vote. South Fulton incumbent District 4 Councilwoman Naeema Gilyard was also bested by Jaceey Sebastian, who received 58% of the vote.
A council runoff in Marietta ended up being a blowout. Carlyle Kent received 72% of the vote over incumbent Reginald Copeland for the Ward 5 council seat.
An incumbent councilman in Stonecrest was also not reelected. District 1 representative Jimmy Clanton Jr. was unable to fend off Tara Graves, who won with 68% of the vote. Clanton previously told the AJC his perceived close connection to Mayor Jason Lary, who was recently charged with three felonies in an alleged scheme to steal pandemic relief funds, hurt his chances at reelection.
Only two incumbents came out victorious Tuesday. Forest Park Mayor Angelyne Butler bested Thomas Smith by receiving 56% of the vote. In Suwanee, Post 5 Councilman Pete Charpentier beat David Martinez by getting 51% of the vote.
There are other tight races. Manfred Graeder received four more votes than Brandon Odum in a runoff for the Duluth Post 4 council seat. It’s unclear whether the city will hold a recount.
In Tucker, Cara Schroeder got 53% of the vote over Imani Barnes for a District 2 council seat. Barnes was among a slew of left-leaning candidates backed by DeKalb Democrats in Tucker — most of whom were unsuccessful in winning highly contested races this election cycle.
Fairburn: Mario Avery had 60% of the vote versus incumbent Elizabeth Carr-Hurst’s 40%.
Forest Park: Incumbent Angelyne Butler had 56% of the vote versus Thomas Smith’s 44%.
Peachtree City: Kim Learnard had 53% of the vote versus Eric Imker’s 47%.
South Fulton: Khalid Kamau had 59% of the vote versus incumbent William “Bill” Edwards’ 41%.
Duluth Post 4: Manfred Graeder had 50.2% of the vote versus Brandon Odum’s 49.8%.
Marietta Ward 5: Carlyle Kent had 72% of the vote versus incumbent Reginald Copeland’s 28%.
Milton District 1, Post 1: Andrea Verhoff had 63% of the vote versus Jami Tucker’s 37%.
Peachtree City Post 4: Frank Destadio had 54% of the vote versus Phil Crane’s 46%.
Roswell Post 5: Will Morthland had 63% of the vote versus Michael Dal Cerro’s 37%.
South Fulton District 4: Jaceey Sebastian had 58% of the vote versus incumbent Naeema Gilyard’s 42%.
Stonecrest District 1: Tara Graves had 68% of the vote versus incumbent Jimmy Clanton Jr.’s 32%.
Suwanee Post 5: Incumbent Pete Charpentier had 51% of the vote versus David Martinez’s 49%.
Tucker District 2: Cara Schroeder had 53% of the vote versus Imani Barnes’ 47%.