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Runoffs likely in three local election races
by Everett Catts
October 30, 2013 05:56 PM | 2733 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Sandy Springs resident Diane Cohen casts her ballot during early voting last week at the North Fulton Service Center in Sandy Springs.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Sandy Springs resident Diane Cohen casts her ballot during early voting last week at the North Fulton Service Center in Sandy Springs.
Tuesday’s nonpartisan city elections in Atlanta and Sandy Springs will include contested campaigns in all but two local races, and runoffs are expected in at least three of them.

Atlanta candidates are running for the mayoral, city council and board of education elections. In Sandy Springs, only the mayoral and city council elections will take place.

In Atlanta, a runoff could happen in the mayoral campaign, where Al Bartell, Fraser Duke, incumbent Kasim Reed, Glenn Wrightson and write-in candidate John Benson face off.

Rachele Fruit is battling incumbent Ceasar Mitchell for the council president’s seat, and Mary Norwood is facing incumbent Aaron Watson for the Post 2 at-large position, a citywide position.

Three of the races for the council districts representing part of Buckhead have opposition, with two having three candidates each. In District 6, Tracey Austin, Mike Boyle and incumbent Alex Wan are facing off, and Abid Haque, Bobby Montgomery and incumbent Howard Shook are battling in District 7. In District 9, incumbent Felicia Moore, Ricardo Mosby and Duwon “Mooley” Robinson face off. District 8 Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean is running unopposed.

In the school board races, there likely will be a runoff in the at-large Seat 8 race, where Cynthia Briscoe Brown, incumbent Reuben McDaniel, Mark Riley, Tom Tidwell and Dave Walker face off. In the election for the District 4 seat, which represents Buckhead, Taryn Chilivis Bowman battles incumbent Nancy Meister.

The Atlanta ballot also will include votes to retain or release seven Municipal Court judges: Elaine Carlise, Crystal Gaines, Calvin Graves, Barbara Harris, Gary Jackson, Herman Sloan and Christopher Ward.

In the Sandy Springs elections, only one of the contested races has more than two candidates. Bob Brown faces Rusty Paul for mayor. Incumbent Eva Galambos is not seeking re-election.

In the council races, a runoff is likely in store in the District 6 campaign, where Andy Bauman, Patty Berkovitz, Jennifer Steele, John Stoj and Sonja Tonpea face off. Incumbent Karen Meinzen McEnerny is not running for re-election.

In District 2, Ken Dishman faces incumbent Dianne Fries. Barbara Malone battles Graham McDonald in District 3, where incumbent Chip Collins is not seeking re-election. In District 4, Tochie Blad faces incumbent Gabriel Sterling, and Clayton Cole faces incumbent Tibby DeJulio in District 5. District 1 Councilman John Paulson is running unopposed.

Early voting continues today and ends Friday. Tuesday, the polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

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