Jason Lary, the chairman for Stonecrest Yes, talks about why he believes the area should become a city at Stonecrest Mall in Lithonia on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM AJC File Photo
Photo: Hyosub Shin
Photo: Hyosub Shin

Stonecrest founder takes helm of new city; South Fulton goes to runoff

After working for years to turn a section of southeast DeKalb County into the city of Stonecrest, Jason Lary will become the new municipality’s first mayor.

Voters on Tuesday elected Lary as the inaugural leader of the city of 50,000 residents. Meanwhile in newly created South Fulton, residents won’t know who will run their city until runoffs April 18.

Voters in the new cities of South Fulton and Stonecrest headed to the polls to choose their very first city leaders.

Lary won a three-way race with just more than half the vote. As mayor, he said he’ll continue his effort to recruit businesses and jobs to the area near I-20 and Stonecrest Mall.

“This matches perfectly with my vision and the citizens’ vision of making the city of Stonecrest a robust economic engine,” Lary said Wednesday. “That’s what we’ve always wanted from Day 1, and now we get a chance to realize that opportunity through my leadership.”

In South Fulton, former Fulton County Commissioner Bill Edwards had a commanding lead in the nine-person race for mayor, but did not cross the 50-percent threshold to avoid a runoff. He will face Benny Crane in April. All of South Fulton’s City Council races are headed to runoffs.

Meanwhile:

  • Cobb County voters approved a sales tax for public education. The special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) will pay for building new schools and buying equipment.
  • In Fayette County, voters overwhelmingly approved their own SPLOST to pay for projects like transportation, stormwater infrastructure, public safety and facilities. It is their first to be approved in more than a decade.
  • Loganville residents passed a measure that will allow Sunday sales of beer, wine and distilled liquor by the package.
  • In Roswell, Lori Henry and Marie Willsey will go to a runoff for a City Council seat.

Voters approved the creation of the cities of South Fulton, which has a population of about 100,000, and Stonecrest in November.

The two cities boasted a combined 90 candidates for the city council and mayor posts. Twenty-two of those candidates are advancing to runoff elections.

Lary, a real estate investor and concert promoter, bested Charles Hill and Douglas Favors for the mayor’s seat.

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