• Election Day: Brunch bills, sales tax, mayors, dozens of local races decided

    By: Tyler Estep, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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    ATLANTA - It’s an off-year, electorally speaking — but plenty of metro Atlanta communities held important votes on Tuesday.

    There are scores of mayoral and city council seats up for grabs. In DeKalb County, a controversial ethics referendum failed. Henry County voters were asked to decide if they want to pay a penny sales tax for another five years, but those results had not been reported.

    Click and bookmark this page for real-time election results as soon as the polls close.

    Nearly a dozen communities will also vote on “brunch bill” referendums, which would allow their local restaurants to start selling alcoholic beverages at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

    Cherokee County

    Councilman Bill Grant and retired educator Dwight Pullen faced off to replace departing Mayor Gene Hobgood. Grant won with 75 percent.

    Incumbent Joellen Wilson was able to fend off challengers Bob Reilly and Kathy Strom in the Ward 1 council race. Incumbent Farris Yawn lost to Brooke Schmidt for the Ward 3 seat.

    Clayton County

    In Morrow, Jeff DeTar faced off against Bonita Crawford and John Lampl to keep his seat as the Clayton County city’s mayor.

    Crawford is a U.S. Army veteran and active member of Clayton County Emergency Preparedness program. Lampl is Morrow’s former city manager who is best known for his role in the failed Olde Town Morrow mixed-use development near Southlake Mall, in which he was charged with circumventing state building laws. Lampl is leading with 47 percent and DeTar will advance to the runoff.

    Other races (winner/leader in bold):

    College Park

    Mayor: Bianca Motley Broom, John Duke, Ronald Fears, Pamela Gay, Kaseem Ladipo, Jack Longino (I)

    City Council Ward 1: Ambrose Clay (I), Thomas Kuziniacki, Kathleen McQueen

    City Council Ward 3: Ken Allen, Sharonda Cody Boyd

    Morrow

    City Council Post 2: Jeanell Bridges (I), Van T. Tran

    City Council Post 4: Larry Ferguson (I), Gilda White Hutcheson, Khoa Vuong

    Voters also decided on a “brunch bill” referendum that would allow local restaurants to start serving alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays. It failed 53 to 47 percent.

    Cobb County

    In Smyrna, five candidates are in the running to replace longtime Mayor Max Bacon, who has led the city for more than 30 years. Those candidates are Alex Backry, Ryan Campbell, Laura Mireles, Derek Norton and Steven Rasin. Norton is leading and Campbell would head into the runoff.

    Several Smyrna City Council seats are also contested, including the races for Ward 2 (incumbent Andrea Bluestein is trailing Austin Wagner by just two votes), Ward 3 (incumbent Maryline Blckburn lost to Travis Lindley), Ward 5 (incumbent Susan Wilkinson held her seat against James “JD” Smith and Suz Kaprich) and Ward 7 (David W. Monroe lost to Lewis A. Wheaton).

    Other races:

    Acworth

    Alderman Post 1: Butch Price (I), Crystal Bailey Williams

    Alderman Post 3: Brett North (I), Salome W. Sadera

    Austell

    Mayor: Ollie Clemons (I), Ikaika Anderson, Chris Djoins, Cindy D. Thompson

    City Council Ward 2: S. Brown, Devon D. Myrick

    City Council At Large, Post 1: Melanie Maria Elder, Sarah Shurden

    Kennesaw

    City Council Post 1: James Eaton (I), Karen Gitau, Antonio Jones

    Powder Springs

    City Council Post 1: Patrick Wayne Bordelon (I), Larry W. Thomas

    City Council Post 2: Patricia Wisdom (I), Nancy Hudson, Guenevere Reed

    DeKalb County

    The entire county will vote on a referendum that would restructure DeKalb’s ethics board, after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the way its members are currently appointed is unconstitutional. Critics of the proposal say the restructuring would weaken the ethics board and reduce some of its powers. The referendum failed 62 to 38 percent.

    Every city in DeKalb also has municipal elections for mayor or city council this fall; several incumbent mayors are facing challengers.

    Other races:

    Avondale Estates

    Mayor: Jonathan Elmore (I), Clai Brown

    City Commission: Brian Fisher (I), Marguerite Belline, Candace Jones, Dee Merriam (runoff)

    Brookhaven

    Mayor: John Ernst (I), Jennifer Heath

    City Council District 3: Dimitrius Owens, Madeleine Norine Simmons

    Residents will also vote whether to approve a property tax homestead exemption for the city. It passed 88 to 12 percent.

    Chamblee

    City Council District 2: Shaun Lewis, Leslie Robson (I)

    City Council District 3: Thomas Hogan (I), Karen Lupton

    City Council At Large: Darron Kusman (I), Stephen Watson

    Residents will also vote whether to approve a property tax homestead exemption for the city. It passed 83 to 17 percent.

    Clarkston

    City Council (choose three): Andrea Cervone (I), Awet “Howard” Eyasu (I), Darara Timotewos Gubo, Laura Hopkins, Debra Johnson, Samuel Rai

    Decatur

    City commissioner, District 1, Post B: Erin Braden, George Dusenbury

    City commissioner, District 2, Post B: Lesa Mayer, Chris Stirn, Phillip Wiedower

    City commissioner at large: Tony Powers (I), Christopher Gagnon

    Doraville

    Mayor: Joseph Geierman, Donna Pittman (I), Tom Hart, MD Nasar (runoff)

    City Council District 1: Gerald Evans, Tom Owens, Andy Yeoman

    City Council District 2: Danielle Brown, Jessica Killingsworth, Rebekah Cohen Morris

    City Council District 2 (special election): Tammie Bailey, Chris Henshaw

    City Council District 3: Shannon Hillard (I), Maria Alexander

    Dunwoody

    Mayor: Lynn Deutsch, Terry Nall

    City Council At Large, Post 4: Stacey Harris, Robert Miller

    City Council At Large, Post 5: Joe Seconder, Heyward Wescott

    Lithonia

    Mayor: Yolanda Donaldson, Shameka Reynolds, Cindy Thomas

    City Council (choose two): Darold Honore Jr., David McCoy, Vanneriah Wynn

    Stone Mountain

    City Council Post 1: Richard Mailman (I), Gina Stroud Cox, Richard Langley, Chancey Parker (runoff)

    City Council Post 2: Bernie Waller (I), Claus Friese, Clint Monroe (runoff)

    City Council Post 3: Chakira Johnson (I), Andrea Redmond

    Stonecrest

    Mayor: Jason Lary (I), Diane Adoma, Charles Hill Jr.

    City Council District 5 (special election): Nathan Alexander, Tammy Grimes, Barbara Hall, Dave Marcus, Virginia Pierce-Kelly, Christopher Seabrook (runoff)

    Tucker

    City Council Post 2, District 1: Bill Rosenfeld (I), Christine Bloodworth

    Fayette County

    Mayors Ed Johnson and Eric Dial are running unopposed in Fayetteville and Tyrone, respectively. But there are other contested races on the ballot in those municipalities, as well as in Peachtree City.

    Other races:

    Fayetteville

    City Council Post 1: Harlan Shirley (I), Darryl Langford, Phil Onyedumekwu

    City Council Post 2: Kathaleen Brewer (I), Joe Clark, Oyin J. Mitchell, Kevin Pratt

    Peachtree City

    City Council Post 1: Phil Prebor (I), Oobi Childs, Morgan Hallmon

    City Council Post 2: Mike King (I), Darryl Csicsila, Steven N. Newton

    Tyrone

    Town Council Post 1: Linda Howard (I), David Barlow

    Town Council Post 2: Bill Campbell, Michael Edwards, Melissa Hill

    Forsyth County

    Voters in the city of Cumming will have one contested race to decide. Joey Cochran, Jason May and Brent Patrick are all running for the open Post 3 seat on the City Council. Cochran won with 57 percent.

    Forsyth’s only city will also decide on a “brunch bill” referendum that would allow local restaurants to start serving alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays passed 58 to 42 percent.

    Fulton County

    Residents of 12 cities in Fulton County cast ballots where the make-up of local leadership could change. That includes three longtime mayors of cities in southern Fulton County who face challengers.

    For College Park, partially also in Clayton County, five people have stepped up to challenge the mayor, who has led the city since the Olympics came to Atlanta. In Hapeville, the 2.5-square-mile airport-adjacent city, the mayor has held the big seat since 2004. He faces one challenger. Palmetto’s mayor, who has led the city since 1986 (except for a break from 2008 to 2011 when he was beaten at the ballot box) also drew two challengers. The city is in both Fulton and Coweta counties.

    Other races:

    Alpharetta

    City Council Post 6: Dan Merkel (I), Abu Bakkar Ngila Jalloh, Clifford Martin

    Voters will also approved two ballot measures to expand the city’s homestead property tax exemptions.

    Chattahoochee Hills

    City Council District 1: Rick Stephens (I), Ruby Foster

    City Council District 3: Anita McGinnis, Laurie Searle

    City Council District 5: Troy Bettis, Sarah Davis, Renee Prince, Ross Williams

    College Park

    Mayor: Jack Longino (I), Bianca Motley Broom, John Duke, Ronald Fears, Pamela Gay, Kaseem Ladipo

    City Council Ward 1: Ambrose Clay (I), Kathleen McQueen, Thomas Kuziniacki

    City Council Ward 3: Ken Allen, Sharonda Cody Boyd

    East Point

    City Council Ward A: Davion Lewis, Lance Robertson

    City Council Ward B: Thomas Calloway (I), Marie Terry Williams

    City Council Ward C: Myron Cook (I), Earnestine Pittman

    City Council Ward D: Stephanie Gordon (I), Eddie Lee Brewster, Erica Clemmons Dean

    Fairburn

    At Large Council Seats (choose three): Andrew James Whitmore, Jr. (I), Linda J. Davis (I), Patrick Pallend (I), Willis Earl Ray

    Hapeville

    Mayor: Alan Hallman (I), Rod Mack

    Alderman At-Large: Michael T. Rast (I), Lucy Dolan, Brian Wismer

    Voters also approved on two ballot measures to expand the city’s homestead property tax exemptions.

    Johns Creek

    City Council Post 2: Royce Reinecke, Dilip Tunki, Brian Weaver

    City Council Post 4: Chris Coughlin (I), Kent Altom, Marybeth Cooper, Adam Thomas

    City Council Post 6: Erin Elwood, Judy LeFave, Issure C. Yang

    Milton

    City Council District 2, Post 2: Judy Burds, Paul Moore

    Palmetto

    Mayor: J. Clark Boddie (I), Michael Arnold, Torrance Stephens

    City Council (top three vote-getters get a seat): Robert Deon Arnold, Scott Cannon, Robert Montgomery, Patty O’Hara-Willey (I), Larry Adam Parrott, Martell Pee, Teresa Thomas-Smith

    City Council (unexpired term ends Dec. 31, 2021): Melis Andrade Espinoza, Nathan Slaton, Jessica Wilbanks

    Roswell

    City Council Post 1: Marcelo Zapata (I), Donald J. Horton

    City Council Post 2: Michael Palermo (I), Geoff Smith

    City Council Post 3: Keith Goeke, Christine Hall, Lisa Holland, Kay Howell

    Municipal Judge: Brian Hansford (I), Philip Mansell

    South Fulton

    City Council District 1: Catherine Foster Rowell (I), Mathis Ben Colquitt

    City Council District 5: Rosie Jackson (I), Duane L. McClain, Corey Alan Reeves, Clyde Eugene Sampson II

    City Council District 7: Mark Baker (I), Eric L. Richardson

    Voters will also decided on separate ballot measures that would allow the city to use tax allocation districts and create a homestead exemption for residents. Both passed.

    Union City

    City Council (choose two): Christina Hobbs (I), Tonya Isles, Brian Jones (I)

    Gwinnett County

    In Buford, longtime city commission leader Phillip Beard did not draw an opponent, ensuring that his run of more than four decades in office will continue.

    Beard’s city commission seat also comes with a spot on the Buford school board — but two other school board seats will be up for grabs Tuesday, in the first local election since now-former superintendent Geye Hamby was allegedly caught on tape spewing racist epithets.

    Incumbent school board member Daren Perkins will face off against newcomer Melissa Ferris-Ozkan.

    Lien Diaz and Matt Peevy are both running for the seat vacated by Beth Lancaster.

    Other races: 

    Berkeley Lake

    Voters will decide on a “brunch bill” referendum that would allow local restaurants to start serving alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

    Braselton

    Town Council District 1: Becky Richardson (I), Joy Basham, Richard Mayberry

    Town Council District 3: Tony Funari (I), Jim Joedecke

    Dacula

    City Council: Susan Robinson (I), Ann R. Mitchell

    Voters also passed a “brunch bill” referendum that would allow local restaurants to start serving alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

    Grayson

    Mayor: Allison Wilkerson (I), Joseph Runyon

    City Council Post 2: Bob Foreman (I), Donald Fairnot, Kimberly Love

    City Council Post 4: Linda S. Jenkins (I), Jennifer Nichols

    Lawrenceville

    City Council Post 1: Eric Hoskins, Glenn Martin, Austin Thompson

    Lilburn

    City Council Post 2: John Patrick Abellera, Scott Batterton (I)

    Voters also passed a “brunch bill” referendum that would allow local restaurants to start serving alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

    Loganville

    City council (choose three): Jay Boland (I), Misty Cox, Linda Dodd (I), Bill DuVall, Femi Oduwole

    Norcross

    Mayor: Craig Newton (I), Chuck Paul

    City Council At-Large Post 1: Alex R. Hecht, Jeff Hopper, Matt Myers

    City Council At-Large Post 2: Bruce Gaynor, Tyler Hannel, David Benjamin McLeroy

    Voters also decided on a referendum that would change elected officials’ terms from two years to four. That passed.

    Voters also passed a “brunch bill” referendum that would allow local restaurants to start serving alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

    Peachtree Corners

    City Council Post 5: Lorri Christopher (I), Cherlon Mathias

    Snellville

    City Council Post 1: Dave Emanuel (I), Cortez Riden

    City Council Post 2: Wanda S. Blow, Solange Destang, Brittany E. Marmol, Thomas S. Mwambay

    Sugar Hill

    City Council Post 1: Brandon Hembree (I), Marjorie Prophete

    City Council Post 2: Marc Cohen (I), Amber Chambers

    Suwanee

    City Council Post 1: , Doug Ireland (I), Heather J. Hall

    City Council Post 2: Dick Goodman (I), Laurence “Larry” Pettiford

    Henry County

    Henry County voters will consider a fifth SPLOST agreement. The special purpose local option sales tax would collect an estimated $204 million over five years and be used for infrastructure, parks, municipal buildings, public safety equipment and repayment of debt. It passed 53 percent to 47 percent.

    Henry residents will also be asked whether they want to move Henry County courts and other administrative offices from near the McDonough Square to a spot near the Henry County jail.

    Other races:

    Hampton

    City Council (choose three): Henry Byrd (I), Sherry Ann Chaney, Dexter B. Cladd, Monica S. Davis, Marty Meeks, Mary Ann Mitcham, Adrian Stroud, Ann Tarpley (I)

    Voters also passed a “brunch bill” referendum that would allow local restaurants to start serving alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

    Locust Grove

    City Council (choose three): Carlos Greer (I), Otis Hammock (I),Michael Reid Brackett Jr., Rudy Breedlove, Rod Shearouse

    Voters also passed a “brunch bill” referendum that would allow local restaurants to start serving alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

    McDonough

    City Council At Large: Carla L. Dennis, Benjamin W. Pruett (I), Brandon D. Robinson Sr.

    City Council District 3: Craig Elrod (I), Janice Scotchman

    City Council District 4: KamaliKamVarner (I), Teresa Wheeler

    Voters passed a “brunch bill” referendum that would allow local restaurants to start serving alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

    Stockbridge

    City Council (choose three): Elton Alexander (I), Nathan Banks, Yolanda Barber, Jacqueline Blalock, John Blount (I), Arthur Christian, Cherice Hollis, Kenneth McFarland, Neat Robinson (I)

    Voters also passed a “brunch bill” referendum that would allow local restaurants to start serving alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

    Reporters Ben Brasch, J.D. Capelouto, Amanda Coyne, Kristal Dixon, Arielle Kass, and Leon Stafford contributed to this report

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