Cobble avoids runoff to become next mayor of Stonecrest

Jazzmin Cobble

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Jazzmin Cobble

Credit: Jazzmin Cobble

The city’s next mayor will fulfill the rest of Jason Lary’s term after he resigned to plead guilty to federal fraud charges

Former Stonecrest councilwoman Jazzmin Cobble avoided a runoff and will become the next mayor of Stonecrest.

With 100% of precincts reported, Cobble had 63% of the vote, according to DeKalb County. She’s followed by Charles Hill Sr. with 17%, Diane Adoma with 16% and Kirby Frazier with 4%. The preliminary results include more than 9,900 votes — about a fourth of the city’s registered voters.

Unlike the elections for federal, state or county offices, city elections do not have partisan primaries, so Tuesday’s victor in Stonecrest will be sworn in as the city’s next mayor.

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Cobble won reelection last November but resigned her District 3 council seat to run for mayor, meaning another special election to fulfill the rest of her term will take place later this year.

She’ll become the city’s second mayor and will not only inherit the youngest — and most populous — city in DeKalb; she’ll also have to reestablish residents’ faith in a city stricken by multiple scandals.

Cobble will pick up the mantle from Jason Lary, who resigned in January so he could plead guilty to concocting a fraud scheme to steal more than $650,000 in federal pandemic relief funds. He faces up to 35 years in prison, and his sentencing is scheduled for July.

Cobble will occupy the mayor’s seat until the end of 2023, when Lary’s term was set to expire. Cobble sold herself on ethics, promising to lead the city past its recent turmoil and instill some stability.

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