Pitts, 72, spent 20 years on the Atlanta City Council before winning his commission seat in 2002. Like Eaves, he serves countywide in his current commission seat. His term ends at the end of the year.
But a Republican redistricting plan approved by the General Assembly last year eliminated Pitts’ at-large seat in favor of a new north Fulton district. With his own seat gone, Pitts decided to run against Eaves for the chairman’s job, saying the county needed new leadership.
Whoever wins the Democratic primary will face Republican Earl Cooper in the November general election.
The chairman’s election isn’t the only Fulton commission race yet to be decided. The District 5 seat apparently will be decided in a July 22 Democratic runoff election between Atlanta attorney Marvin Arrington Jr. and Brenda Muhammad, a former Atlanta School Board member. No Republicans are running for the District 5 seat.