All of the Fulton County commissioners have thrown their hats in the ring for the May 20 primary, with the exception of Tom Lowe, who earlier this year announced his retirement.
Newly drawn districts after last year’s legislative action has created opportunities for newcomers and thrown incumbents into opposition with each other.
The following are candidates who have qualified as of today. Qualifying ends Friday.
Incumbent Liz Hausmann, a Republican resident of Johns Creek, is the only name on that district’s slate to date.
District 2 contenders are Republicans Bob Ellis of Milton, an insurance agent, Eric Broadwell of Roswell, a consultant.
District 3 has three candidates, all Republicans – Bernard “Bernie” Tokarz of Atlanta, a consultant, Everett Lee Morris III of Atlanta, an attorney, and Cory Ruth of Buckhead, who is in the information technology field..
Joan Garner of District 6, a Democrat and Atlanta resident, will run in District 4 against Eddie Lee Brewster, also an Atlanta Democrat, who listed his occupation as educator/insurance.
District 5 has attracted five candidates, all Democrats. They are:
Brenda J. Muhammad of Atlanta, a nonprofit director
Johnnie Gordon of Atlanta, a program manager
Advis Dell Wilkerson-Byrd of Atlanta, a property manager
Kwame Thompson of Atlanta, an attorney
Marvin Arrington Jr. of Atlanta, an attorney who ran in 2012 for the state House District 62 seat
Commissioners Emma Darnell of District 5 and William “Bill” Edwards of District 7 will be fighting each other for the District 6 seat.
On the Republican ticket for that seat is entrepreneur Abraham Watson, who last year threw his hat in the ring for College Park City Council.
Chairman John Eaves of south Fulton and District 2 at-large Commissioner Robb Pitts of Sandy Springs, both Democrats, are challenging each other for District 7.
Republican Earl L. Cooper of Atlanta, a minister, has also qualified for that post.