In Fairburn, current mayor Elizabeth Carr-Hurst faces off with former mayor Mario Avery, who nearly won the general election outright with 49% of the vote. Carr-Hurst, a polarizing figure in the city, received 35%. Carr-Hurst was criticized after she continued to require city workers to report to their regular work sites amid the COVID-19 pandemic, despite most cities allowing employees to work from home.
The race for Peachtree City’s next mayor does not include an incumbent. Kim Learnard and Eric Imker are vying to replace Mayor Vanessa Fleisch, who could not run again due to term limits. In a five-candidate general election, Learnard received 36% of the vote followed by Imker’s 35%.
Two contentious council elections are also taking place in DeKalb County. Imani Barnes is running against Cara Schroeder to finish off a contentious and heated election cycle in Tucker. Barnes is the last staunchly progressive candidate running in the city, whose residents mostly rejected other left-leaning candidates. Schroeder said she’s running a nonpartisan campaign.
In Stonecrest, incumbent Jimmy Clanton faces off with Tara Graves. Clanton is the only incumbent to not win reelection in Stonecrest on Election Day, which he credits to his perceived close relationship with Mayor Jason Lary. On Wednesday, Lary was charged with three federal crimes in an alleged kickback scheme using federal COVID-19 relief funds. In an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution before the charges were announced, Clanton distanced himself from Lary and said he would more vocally address the various financial scandals that have taken place in the young city over the past year.
Other runoff elections
Duluth Council Post 4: Manfred Graeder versus Brandon Odum
Marietta Council Ward 5: Reginald Copeland versus Carlyle Kent
Milton Council District 1, Post 1: Jami Tucker versus Andrea Verhoff
Peachtree City Council Post 4: Phil Crane versus Frank Destadio
Roswell Council Post 5: Michael Dal Cerro versus Will Morthland
South Fulton Council District 4: Naeema Gilyard versus Jaceey Sebastian
Suwanee Council Post 5: Pete Charpentier versus David Martinez
How to vote in the runoff elections
Absentee and early voting is available in each contest. You must vote in the county in which you are registered. For more information, visit your county’s election website. (Duluth and Suwanee run their own elections, so visit their website for more information).
— AJC Senior Digital Producer Brian O’Shea contributed to this article.