DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson resigns to run for tax commissioner

DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson is stepping down from his position representing half of the county to run for DeKalb Tax Commissioner.

Watson filed papers to campaign for tax commissioner Friday.

Watson, whose super district includes about 350,000 residents in eastern DeKalb, was elected to the DeKalb Board of Commissioners in 2010. He previously served in the Georgia House of Representatives.

The Georgia Constitution requires elected officials to leave their current office upon qualifying for another office. A special election will be required to fill the last two years of Watson’s four-year term.

Watson didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

He’ll compete in the May 24 Democratic primary election against at least two other candidates: current Tax Commissioner Irvin Johnson and Susannah Scott, the daughter of former Tax Commissioner Tom Scott.