Director of Elections H. Maxine Daniels said in 2010 they saw a 22.96 overall turnout for the primary, with this year receiving a 20.14 percent turnout — although she was expecting a bit more.
There were no insurmountable problems throughout the day that they could not handle and Daniels said with the Clarkston annexation question resulting in a tie, she is unsure at the moment what will happen. If a runoff will happen in that case, it will be four weeks from now.
With a crowded sheriff’s race that included eight candidates and several school board races that had three or more candidates — runoffs were expected. To be named a winner in the primary race for DeKalb, a candidate had to get 50 percent plus one of the vote. The runoff elections will be July 22.
Interim Sheriff Jeff Mann — who took the post after Thomas Brown left to pursue his unsuccessful bid against District 4 U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson — will face former county CEO Vernon Jones in a runoff. Mann was ahead of Jones all night, ending with 39.86 percent of the vote against Jones’ 22.25 percent.
District 7 Commissioner Stan Watson will keep his seat, garnering 66.79 percent against his opponent Gregory Adams who received 33.21 percent.
Three school board incumbents — Marshall Orson, District 2 (60.99 percent); Melvin Johnson, District 6 (78.01 percent) and Joyce Morley, District 7 (61.34 percent) — will retain their seats on the board.
For District 3 school board, incumbent Michael Erwin (37.11 percent) will face Atticus LeBlanc (20.85 percent) in the runoff.
District 4 school board incumbents Karen Carter (35.32 percent) and Jim McMahan (29.43 percent) will face a runoff.
Also, District 5 school board incumbent Thad Mayfield (35.97 percent) will go against Vickie Turner (28.04 percent) in the July runoff.