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Arrington wins District 5 in runoff
by Noreen Cochran
July 29, 2014 01:46 PM | 1742 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Marvin Arrington Jr. beat Brenda Muhammad in the Democratic primary battle for the new Fulton County commission District 5.

In the July 22 runoff election in the 60 precincts in District 5, Arrington maintained his 60 percent lead over Muhammad’s 40 percent, ultimately garnering 4,416 votes to her 2,790 out of 6,976 votes cast.

With no Republicans in the race, he is unopposed in the Nov. 4 general election.

The Atlanta resident said last week he recognizes the historic importance of the results.

“I am very humbled and thankful for this great opportunity to serve as the first commissioner of Fulton County’s new District 5,” Arrington said.

He said he looks forward to representing all of his constituents.

“I want to thank my supporters for their unwavering support and turnout at the runoff election,” Arrington said. “For those who did not vote for me, I will serve them to the best of my ability and hopefully earn their support. ‘No house, divided against itself, can stand.’” 

He praised his opponent and said he sought unity within the district.

“I have respect and gratitude for Brenda Muhammad’s willingness and devotion to serve our communities as well,” Arrington said. “In the upcoming months, I look forward to meeting with her and other key stakeholders in the district to discuss both past and current issues, and how we can work together to build a comprehensive roadmap for the empowerment and sustainability of our communities.”

Arrington, 42, is an attorney.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., in 1993 and a law degree from Emory University in 1996.

Arrington is married with four children.

His previous political experience was a 2012 run for District 62 in the state House of Representatives.

Arrington said his top three issues are reducing crime, fixing county infrastructure and buildings, and increasing arts and recreation opportunities for seniors and youth.

In other races, the new Fulton County Superior Court judge is Jane Barwick, who beat contender Shelitha Robertson 63 percent, or 30,057 votes, to Robertson’s 37 percent, or 17,991.

County voters echoed state results in choosing David Perdue over Jack Kingston as the GOP nominee for U.S. Senator.

Perdue won 55 percent of the county’s votes with 16,820 compared to Kingston’s 45 percent, or 13,841.

Statewide, the votes were split 50.88 to 49.12 in favor of Perdue.

Fulton Republicans also narrowly chose Michael Buck over Richard Woods for state school superintendent with 50.17 percent of the vote, or 11,229, versus 49.83 percent, or 11,153.

But statewide on Election Night, the votes were split 50.09 percent to 49.91 percent in favor of Woods.

Buck may seek a recount.

The winner will face Democrat Valarie Wilson on Nov. 4, whom county voters supported with 55.86 percent of the tally, or 11,601 votes, versus 44.14 percent, or 9,168 votes, for Alisha Morgan.

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