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.
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.
- 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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