Though 2019 is an off-year for major statewide and national elections, voters in cities across DeKalb County will head to the polls Nov. 5 to vote in important municipal elections.
Mayoral or city council seats are on the ballot in every city in the county. There will also be a countywide referendum over the plan to restructure the DeKalb County ethics board.
Here’s the breakdown of the candidates running for office in each city in DeKalb, according to the county elections board.
- Mayor: Incumbent Mayor Jonathan Elmore is facing a challenge from former city manager Clai Brown.
- City commissioner: Brian Fisher (incumbent), Marguerite Belline, Candace Jones and Dee Merriam
Mayor: Mayor John Ernst is campaigning for a second term, and community activist Jennifer Heath is running against him.
- City Council District 1: Linley Jones (incumbent) is running unopposed.
- City Council District 2: Dimitrius Owens and Madeleine Norine Simmons. Sitting Councilman Bates Mattison recently announced he is not running for reelection.
- Residents will also vote whether to approve a property tax homestead exemption for the city.
District 2: Leslie Robson (incumbent) and Shaun Lewis
District 3: Thomas Hogan (incumbent) and Karen Lupton
- City Council, At Large: Darron Kusman (incumbent) and Stephen Watson
- Chamblee residents will also vote whether to approve a property tax homestead exemption for the city.
- Three council seats are up for grabs this year. Voters will choose three candidates from a field of six: Andrea Cervone (incumbent), Awet “Howard” Eyasu (incumbent), Darara Timotewos Gubo, Laura Hopkins, Debra Johnson and Samuel Rai
City commissioner, District 1, Post B: Erin Braden and George Dusenbury
- City commissioner, District 2, Post B: Lesa Mayer, Chris Stirn and Phillip Wiedower
- City commissioner, At Large: Tony Powers (incumbent) and Christopher Gagnon
- Board of Education, District 1, Post B: James Herndon
Board of Education, District 2, Post B: Tasha Rose White (incumbent)
- Board of Education, At Large (special election): Jana Johnson-Davis
- Mayor: It’s a four-way race for mayor, with incumbent Mayor Donna Pittman facing challenges from three current or former members of City Council: Joseph Geierman, Tom Hart and MD Nasar.
City Council, District 1: Gerald Evans, Tom Owens and Andy Yeoman
City Council, District 2: Danielle Brown, Jessica Killingsworth and Rebekah Cohen Morris
City Council, District 3: Shannon Hillard (incumbent) and Maria Alexander
City Council District 2 (special election): Tammie Bailey and Chris Henshaw
Mayor: Current Mayor Denis Shortal announced earlier this year that he will not seek reelection. Two councilmembers, Lynn Deutsch and Terry Nall, are running to replace him.
City Council, At Large, Post 4: Stacey Harris and Robert Miller
City Council, At Large, Post 5: Joe Seconder and Heyward Wescott
City Council, At Large, Post 6: John Heneghan (incumbent)
Mayor: Shameka Reynolds and Cindy Thomas
City Council (voters will choose 2): Darold Honore, Jr., David McCoy and Vanneriah Wynn
Mayor: Melanie Hammet (incumbent)
City Council (voters will choose 2): Brandy Beavers and Tracey Brantley
City Council, Post 1: Richard Mailman (incumbent), Gina Stroud Cox, Richard Langley and Chancey Parker
City Council, Post 2: Bernie Waller (incumbent), Claus Friese and Clint Monroe
City Council, Post 3: Chakira Johnson (incumbent), Andrea Redmond
Mayor: Jason Lary is running for reelection as mayor of DeKalb County’s newest city, and will be on the ballot against Diane Adoma and Charles Hill, Jr. This race has already made headlines after Adoma argued she did not have to vacate her City Council post when she qualified to run for mayor. The city said it took out a temporary restraining order against her because she tried to continue serving as an elected official, despite a state law that said she had to step down.
City Council, District 2: Rob Turner (incumbent)
City Council, District 4: George Turner, Jr. (incumbent)
- City Council, District 5 (special election): Nathan Alexander, Tammy Grimes, Barbara Hall, Dave Marcus, Virginia Pierce-Kelly and Christopher Seabrook
City Council, Post 2, District 1: Bill Rosenfeld (incumbent) and Christine Bloodworth
City Council, Post 2, District 2: Noelle Monferdini (incumbent)
City Council, Post 2, District 3: Anne Lerner (incumbent)
This post was updated on Nov. 9 to include the six candidates who qualified for the special election for the District 5 City Council seat in Stonecrest.
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