Runoff election will decide Brookhaven mayor and other metro races


                        FILE — Voters wait to cast their ballots outside a polling location at the Bessie Branham Recreation Center in Atlanta on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. Republicans in Georgia violated a landmark civil rights law in drawing voting maps that diluted the power of Black voters, a federal judge in Atlanta ruled on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023, ordering that new maps must be drawn in time for the 2024 elections. (Dustin Chambers/The New York Times).

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FILE — Voters wait to cast their ballots outside a polling location at the Bessie Branham Recreation Center in Atlanta on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. Republicans in Georgia violated a landmark civil rights law in drawing voting maps that diluted the power of Black voters, a federal judge in Atlanta ruled on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023, ordering that new maps must be drawn in time for the 2024 elections. (Dustin Chambers/The New York Times).

Voters will pick the next Brookhaven mayor and other elected officials across the Atlanta metro in runoff elections Tuesday.

In Brookhaven, term limits have opened the door for either Lauren Kiefer or John Park to succeed Mayor John Ernst. Park, a longtime council member, was the highest vote-getter in November’s general election, winning 43% of the vote. Kiefer, a political newcomer, earned 30%.

The two have sparred over the direction the city should head.

Runoffs are required in races where no candidate earns more than 50% of the vote.

Other runoff races include the Atlanta School Board At-Large District 7 seat.

Current board member Tamara Jones faces a challenge from Alfred “Shivy” Brooks.

Runoffs will also decide City Council races in Doraville, East Point, Roswell, Snellville and the City of South Fulton. The District 2 county commissioner’s seat is on the ballot in Henry County.

Polling sites will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Return to AJC.com for election day updates, including results after the polls close.

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