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Nine candidates want to be on the Fulton County commission

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Nine people are vying to fill the unexpired term of Fulton County Commissioner Emma Darnell, who died last month.

The candidates include a former county commissioner and a former city councilman, as well as former candidates for other elected offices.

Gordon L. Joyner, an attorney, is a former county commissioner and Joe Carn, who now works in the Fulton County solicitor’s office, was a former College Park city councilman.

Rafer Johnson, who works for Delta, was a former candidate for mayor in the city of South Fulton. And Sonia Frances-Rolle was a write-in candidate for state school superintendent, and is an educator.

Sojourner Marable Grimmett is a community activist and former Fulton County employee. Khadijah Abdur-Rahman is a business owner and Yoshina Colbert Bradford is a real estate broker.

Carl Winfred Dorsey Jr. is an entertainment executive and Warren C. Head Jr. is a retiree.

The nine candidates all want to represent the sixth district, which includes unincorporated Fulton County, Chattahoochee Hills, Palmetto, Fairburn and Hapeville as well as parts of College Park, South Fulton, Union City, East Point and Atlanta.

Darnell had been a member of the county commission since 1992, winning eight terms to represent the south part of the county. She was known for her advocacy of vulnerable people, and a number of the candidates to replace her in her role seek to wear that mantle.

The election will be held Sept. 17, with a runoff scheduled Oct. 15.

The term runs through the end of 2020.