Terry, first elected in 2013 and reelected in 2017, served as mayor of the small DeKalb city for more than six years. During last week’s City Council meeting, his last as mayor, he reflected on his tenure. He said he first ran for office because he wanted to get speed bumps installed on his street.
“I am happy to report that we did get our speed bumps,” Terry said. Serving as mayor, he said, has “been an honor.”
Terry has become well known in Georgia Democratic circles, serving as the state chapter director for the Sierra Club and appearing in season 2 of Netflix's "Queer Eye." Last year, he launched a bid for U.S. Senate, but announced in January that he was dropping out to instead run for the county commission seat.
Current Commissioner Kathie Gannon is not running for reelection. In addition to Terry, two other Democrats — activist Maryam Ahmad and community advocate Emily Halevy — qualified to run in the May 19 primary for the open seat.
District 6 is a "super district" in DeKalb that spans the entire west side of the county, including Dunwoody, Chamblee, Brookhaven, Clarkston, Decatur, Atlanta and much of unincorporated southwest DeKalb.
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