DeKalb tax commissioner race heads to runoff; Watson loses

The race for DeKalb County government’s highest-paying job — tax commissioner — will be decided in a runoff between Tax Commissioner Irvin Johnson and attorney Susannah Scott.

Former DeKalb Commissioner Stan Watson finished in third place Tuesday, knocking him out of the county politics. Watson had resigned from the County Commission in March to seek the tax office job, which has total annual compensation of $242,000.

The tax commissioner’s race was on the ballot twice — once as a special election to finish the current term after former Tax Commissioner Claudia Lawson retired at the end of last year; and again for the Democratic primary for the next four-year term. No Republican is in the race.

Johnson received the most votes in both the special election and the primary, but he didn’t win a majority that would have avoided a runoff.

The runoff will be held July 26.

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