Results for local runoff elections in metro Atlanta

August 11, 2020 Atlanta: Stickers await voters on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at Park Tavern located at 500 10th St NE in Atlanta. A heated race for Fulton County district attorney saw a light turnout at the polls on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Incumbent Paul Howard faces his former chief deputy, Fani Willis, in a closely watched contest to become the countyÕs top prosecutor. Election officials said they learned lessons from the June 9 primary to avoid the kind of extreme lines that some voters encountered last time. Poll workers have been retrained. Technicians were on hand at every voting location in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. Voting machines were delivered well in advance of election day. Still, some voters experienced problems and long waits at the polls. Nearly 377,000 Georgians already voted in advance of election day, most of them casting absentee ballots. About 60% of early votes were absentee; the rest were cast in person during three weeks of early voting. With so many voters using absentee ballots, election results might be slow to come in Tuesday night. Absentee ballots will be counted if theyÕre received by county election officials before 7 p.m., but each ballot has to be fed through a scanner to be counted, a process that can take days. Election officials say itÕs normal for absentee vote-counting to take some time. But that means close races might not be settled on election night. The winners of TuesdayÕs runoffs will advance to the general election in November, when turnout is expected to break records and exceed 5 million voters. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM
August 11, 2020 Atlanta: Stickers await voters on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at Park Tavern located at 500 10th St NE in Atlanta. A heated race for Fulton County district attorney saw a light turnout at the polls on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Incumbent Paul Howard faces his former chief deputy, Fani Willis, in a closely watched contest to become the countyÕs top prosecutor. Election officials said they learned lessons from the June 9 primary to avoid the kind of extreme lines that some voters encountered last time. Poll workers have been retrained. Technicians were on hand at every voting location in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. Voting machines were delivered well in advance of election day. Still, some voters experienced problems and long waits at the polls. Nearly 377,000 Georgians already voted in advance of election day, most of them casting absentee ballots. About 60% of early votes were absentee; the rest were cast in person during three weeks of early voting. With so many voters using absentee ballots, election results might be slow to come in Tuesday night. Absentee ballots will be counted if theyÕre received by county election officials before 7 p.m., but each ballot has to be fed through a scanner to be counted, a process that can take days. Election officials say itÕs normal for absentee vote-counting to take some time. But that means close races might not be settled on election night. The winners of TuesdayÕs runoffs will advance to the general election in November, when turnout is expected to break records and exceed 5 million voters. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

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Fani Willis’ decisive victory over longtime Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard was the biggest headline out of Tuesday’s runoff elections, in terms of local government news. But there were plenty of other intriguing developments in races across metro Atlanta.

Fulton’s incumbent sheriff appears on the way out as well. A new commissioner was selected to represent an entire half of DeKalb County. A Cobb County commission race was still too close to call.

In Gwinnett, an incumbent judge who’s awaiting retrial in a criminal case was ousted — and the stage was set for a number of high-profile November showdowns.

Results listed below are unofficial and may be incomplete.

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CLAYTON COUNTY

Sabrina Hill appeared to have ousted District 7 Board of Education representative Judy Johnson.

COBB COUNTY

Commission District 2: With about 650 ballots left to count, the Republican runoff between Fitz Johnson and Andy Smith was too close to call. The winner would face Democrat Jerica Richardson in November for the chance to replace retiring Commissioner Bob Ott.

Commissioner District 4: Monique Sheffield appeared to have bested Shelia Edwards in the Democratic race to replace Commissioner Lisa Cupid, who is running for county commission chair.

Clerk of Superior Court: Connie Taylor appeared to top Nancy Syrop in the Democratic contest to face incumbent Republican Rebecca Keaton in November.

State Court judge: Diana Simmons appeared to have a win over Trina Griffiths.

Superior Court judge: Jason Marbutt had a significant lead over Gregory Shenton.

DEKALB COUNTY

Commission District 1: Former Doraville City Councilman Robert Patrick appeared to beat Cynthia Yaxon in the Democratic primary runoff and will face incumbent Republican Commissioner Nancy Jester in November.

Commission District 6: Former Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry appeared to beat Maryam Ahmad in the Democratic primary runoff. With no Republican challenger, he will replace retiring longtime Commissioner Kathie Gannon.

Sheriff (nonpartisan special election): Incumbent Sheriff Melody Maddox appeared to defeat sheriff’s office veteran Ruth Stringer to fill the unexpired term of former Sheriff Jeffrey Mann, which runs through the end of the year.

Maddox already won a separate Democratic primary and will face Republican challenger Harold Dennis in November for the right to be DeKalb’s next full-term sheriff.

School Board District 3: Deirdre Pierce appeared to have defeated Willie R. Mosley Jr.

Superior Court: Yolanda Parker-Smith bested Mindy Pillow in the runoff to replace retiring longtime Judge Clarence Seeliger.

FULTON COUNTY

District Attorney: Fani Willis declared victory by a decisive margin over her beleaguered former boss, six-term incumbent Paul Howard.

Sheriff: Patrick “Pat” Labat had a significant lead over incumbent Theodore “Ted” Jackson.

Superior Court: Melynee Leftridge Harris had a large lead over Tamika Hrobowski-Houston in the race to succeed Judge Constance C. Russell, who chose not to run for re-election.

School Board District 4: Franchesca Warren had a lead against Sandra C. Wright in the race to succeed Linda Bryant, who chose not to run for re-election.

GWINNETT COUNTY

Sheriff: Keybo Taylor appeared to have bested Curtis Clemons in their Democratic primary runoff. The winner will face Republican Lou Solis in the general election.

Commission chair: Nicole Love Hendrickson had the Democratic runoff locked up; opponent Lee Thompson Jr. was on the ballot but had asked voters to choose Hendrickson instead. Hendrickson will face Republican David Post to fill the seat of retiring chairman Charlotte Nash.

Commission District 3: In the Democratic primary runoff, Jasper Watkins III appeared to have defeated Derrick J. Wilson. In the Republican primary runoff, Ben Archer appeared to have defeated Matt DeReimer.

The runoff winners will square off in November for the right to replace Republican Tommy Hunter, who is not seeking re-election.

Tax commissioner: Tiffany Porter was headed for a win over fellow Democrat Regina M. Carden. The winner to face Republican incumbent Richard Steele in November.

Superior Court: Deborah R. Fluker was set to oust incumbent Judge Kathryn Schrader.

HENRY COUNTY

Sheriff: Reginald Scandrett appeared to have bested Tony Brown in the Democratic primary runoff. He would face Republican Jack Redlinger in November’s general election.

Board of Education, District 2: Makenzie McDaniel appeared to have ousted incumbent Josh Hinton, who serves as school board chairman.

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