He said he wants to tackle issues like clean energy, decriminalizing marijuana possession and preserving greenspaces. He said his seven years as Clarkston's mayor — a position he plans to resign from in March — would inform efforts to address the often-fraught relationship between DeKalb and its cities.
“The same zeal and vigor that I brought to my advocacy for Clarkston as mayor, I’m going to take to DeKalb County,” Terry said.
One of his opponents, meanwhile, already has Gannon’s backing.
Halevy, an affordable housing advocate who runs a digital media company, said she earned the outgoing commissioner’s trust over several years. They didn’t always see eye-to-eye but learned to work together, she said.
Halevy said she wants to continue Gannon’s good work and be a voice for smart development that doesn’t drive out longtime or lower-income residents.
“We need leadership who values all of these grassroots efforts that are going on, on a myriad of subjects,” she said.
Halevy also shared a refrain that Terry, after jumping from one campaign to another, is likely to hear throughout the election season.
“I do want to be clear that I am in this race for what is in the best interest of DeKalb County citizens,” Halevy said. “It is not important to me what is in the best interest of Ted Terry.”
Murphy, who filed paperwork to run for the seat well before Gannon announced her retirement, said he moved to East Lake a few years ago and is a board member of the Red Clay Democrats.
He said his priorities as a commissioner would be collaborative problem solving, taking a proactive approach to transparency and driving voter engagement.
“In speaking with my neighbors and other residents of DeKalb County, I kept getting the same feedback time and again,” Murphy said. “The existing leadership just wasn’t getting the job done.”
The official qualifying period for candidates in District 6 and other local primary races is in March. A number of high-profile DeKalb jobs will be on ballots this year, including the CEO position, three other commission districts (1, 4 and 5) and sheriff.