Polls Open For Run-Off Elections Around Atlanta

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    Atlanta voters will head to the voting booths again on Tuesday to decide four different races on the city’s board of education, and around Fulton County an additional five races are set for run-off elections. In the Nov. 5 general election three weeks ago, only 20 percent of registered Atlanta voters cast ballots in the general city and school board races.

    The voting booths opened this morning at 7 a.m. and will remain available until 8 p.m. tonight in Atlanta and until 7 p.m. in other locations around Fulton County.

    The races for the Atlanta School Board are as follows:

    Academic coach Mary Palmer and counseling center director Steven Lee will face off after finishing at the top of a four-way race for the District 5 seat.

    In District 6, Georgia State University program director Eshé Collins will take on investment property manager Dell Byrd.

    Board Chairman Reuben McDaniel, who gathered the most votes among five candidates for an at-large seat in District 8, will face top challenger Cynthia Brown.

    Jason Esteves will face Lori James in the remaining runoff contest for the District 9 at-large seat.

    The new mayor of East Point will also be decided on Tuesday in a race between Clyde K. Mitchell and Jannquell Peters. The city also has two City Council races headed to a run-off, Sharonda Hubbard and Sharon Shropshire are vying for the Ward A post, and Deanna Ingraham and Jackie Gibbons are seeking a win in Ward D.

    In all, there were 26 people on the initial ballot throwing their hats into the race for the school board. Almost half of the seats on the board were up for grabs, as four of the nine of the sitting Board members did not seek re-election.

    The board will need to get to work soon, as one of its first priorities will be the selection of a replacement to retiring Superintendent Erroll Davis Jr.

    In Sandy Springs, Andy Bauman and Karen Richardson are vying for the City Council District 6 seat.

    Cori Davenport and Karen Robinson are seeking the Post 3 City Council seat in Johns Creek.

    In the Nov. 5 general election, voting was reportedly slow but steady with 47,161 people voting for mayor and 43,098 who made their choice for city council president. Both races were overwhelming victories for the incumbents.

    All voters who were registered to vote before the October 8, 2013 deadline and who live within the municipalities where Run-Off Elections are taking place are eligible to vote in the December 3, 2013 run-off, even if they did not vote on November 5, 2013.

    Voters with questions about the elections or their voter status are encouraged to contact the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections at (404) 730-7020 or visit www.fultonelections.com.

    Voters can participate in run-off elections for the following nine posts:

    • Atlanta Board of Education District 8 (At-Large)
    • Atlanta Board of Education District 9 (At-Large)
    • Atlanta Board of Education District 5
    • Atlanta Board of Education District 6
    • City of Johns Creek City Council Post 3
    • City of East Point Mayor
    • City of East Point City Council Ward A (At-Large)
    • City of East Point City Council Ward D (At-Large)
    • City of Sandy Springs City Council District 6

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