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Crowded field in DeKalb County Commission races
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
June 08, 2012 12:48 PM | 4626 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Several DeKalb County Board of Commissioners seats are being contested as part of the primary elections on July 31.

District 1 Commissioner Elaine Boyer will be challenged by Larry Danese, a county soil and water conservation district official, in the lone Republican primary. The two last squared off in the 2008 general election, when Danese ran as a Democrat.

Meanwhile, District 4 Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton is facing off with a pair of prospective replacements in Steve Bradshaw, a businessman and adjunct professor at Georgia State University, and Clyburn Halley.

District 5 Commissioner Lee May faces the most opposition of any incumbent seeking re-election.

May is attempting to fend off challengers Gina S. Mangham, Kenneth L. Samuel and Andre R. White. Mangham is an attorney; Samuel, pastor of Victory for the World Church; White is publisher of The Sentinel newspaper.

District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon will vie for her seat with Edmond Richardson, May’s chief of staff.

Elsewhere on the county government election front, DeKalb Chief Executive Burrell Ellis will look to stave off Democratic challengers, Jerome Edmondson and Gregory Adams. Edmondson, a businessman, and former DeKalb police officer Adams are both seeking political office for the first time.

DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas E. Brown, Jr. and Solicitor Sherry Boston are running unopposed.

In the clerk of Superior Court race, incumbent Debra Deberry is taking on John Carter, Oretha Brown Johnson, Frank Swindle and Cheryl Vortice. Tax Commissioner Claudia Lawson faces Melvin Tukes. State Court Division 6 Judge Dax Lopez is running against Dionne McGee.
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