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Ellis still in as CEO, school board runoffs loom
by LaTria Garnigan
August 01, 2012 01:37 AM | 3550 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis is likely headed to another four-year term with the last results coming in around midnight on Election Night at 60.04 percent of the vote. His closest opponent, Gregory Adams garnered 20.52 percent, with Jerome Edmondson getting 19.45 percent.

When reached for comment, Adams said he was still optimistic, but he will respect the voting turnout.

“The citizens of DeKalb County have spoken and made their choice and I will respect and work with the leadership of DeKalb County,” said Adams. “I’m still optimistic … I’m looking still positively but either way it goes you have to play the game.”

Ellis was not available for comment, but his campaign manager Will Sellers said they are happy with the results.

“We’re proud the citizens of DeKalb County have responded favorably to the Ellis record and we look forward to another four years working the residents in the county,” said Sellers.

DeKalb Commission District 1 incumbent Elaine Boyer took the lead with 76.17 percent of the vote against opponent Larry Danese, who garnered 23.83 percent.

Sharon Barnes-Sutton, District 4 commissioner took home 73.19 percent. Her opponents Steve Bradshaw and Clyburn Halley had 22.64 percent and 4.17 percent respectively.

Lee May also kept his District 5 commission seat with 67.75 percent of the vote against his opponents — Gina Mangham with 12.63 percent, Kenneth Samuel with 13.31 percent and Andre White with 6.31 percent.

In the District 6 commission race incumbent Kathie Gannon took the lead with 74.38 percent, against her opponent Edmond Richardson’s 25.62 percent.

The DeKalb County Board of Education elections saw District 2 incumbent Don E. McChesney fail to keep his seat against his opponent Marshall Orson, who garnered 62.04 percent of the vote. McChesney had 37.81 percent at last count.

Incumbent H. Paul Womack of District 4 will likely face a runoff against opponent James McMahan. Womack received 46.60 percent with McMahan at 27.93 percent.

Candidates must get 50 percent of the vote plus one vote to win.

In the District 6 school board race, which had no incumbents, Melvin Johnson and Denise McGill will likely face a runoff Aug. 21.

Johnson took 39.36 percent, with McGill at 30.13 percent.

District 8 Board of Education incumbent Pamela Speaks received 51.53 percent of the vote against her opponent Michelle Clark.

Speaks received a favorable vote, even after her opponent sent out robocalls she described as “…divisive, sophomoric and just plain wrong.”

In Clark’s campaign robocall, she was heard saying she was “ … the only democratic candidate for school board District 8 … I am running to unseat Republican incumbent Pam Speaks.”

The school board election was a non-partisan race. Clark admitted to the call, saying she felt she needed to differentiate herself from her opponent.

“I felt the need to … let them know that I represent the values of the majority of the people in the district,” said Clark.

In response to the calls and fliers that were distributed against her, Speaks said that she had no allegiance to any political party, her allegiance was to children.

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