Pitts holds Fulton County commission chair in tight race, other results

Poll worker DeCarlos Bennett handed out stickers to voters in Atlanta. AJC FILE PHOTO JOHN SPINK /JSPINK@AJC.COM

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Poll worker DeCarlos Bennett handed out stickers to voters in Atlanta. AJC FILE PHOTO JOHN SPINK /JSPINK@AJC.COM

Fulton County commission chair Robb Pitts narrowly held off challenger Keisha Waites to keep his seat for another four years.

Pitts, elected to fill an unexpired term in a December runoff over Waites, bested her a second time, this time by a 51 percent to 49 percent margin. There is no Republican challenger, so Pitts will keep the seat this fall.

Two Fulton County school board races pitted current board members against classroom teachers. In District 2, retired high school chemistry and physics teacher Thomas Pemble challenged Katie Reeves, who has been on the board since 1999, including two years as board president beginning in 2003. Reeves held back Pemble to win the race. In District 6, Atlanta Public Schools third grade teacher LaTonya Rogers challenged Kimberly Dove, a system analyst who was appointed to the seat last year. Dove won with 52 percent of the vote.

There was also a race for chief magistrate judge. The incumbent, Cassandra Kirk, beat  attorney Louis Levenson handily.

In Alpharetta, Jim Gilvin edged out Chris Owens in the race for mayor, winning 53 percent of the vote in unofficial results. Both are former council members, and the winner will fill an unexpired term that ends in 2019. Running to replace them on council were Elisabeth Daniel Harding and Karen A. Richard — Richard won — who squared off for the remainder of the term in Post 3, which ends in 2021, and John D. Hipes and Clifford Martin, who ran to fill the rest of the term for Post 4 term, which ends in 2019. Hipes won that race.

In an at-large city council race in Fairburn, Linda J. Davis, Audrey J. Horn and James Sumners competed to fill the remainder of a term that expires in 2019. Davis won with 62 percent of the vote.