While the race for Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District will have to wait until a run-off in June, the remaining members of the new city of Stonecrest’s city council are now all in place.
In the April 18 special runoff election, three remaining city council positions were filled for Stonecrest districts two, four and five.
In district two, Rob Turner, a program's operation manager for the state, beat out Plez Joyner with 53.10 percent of the votes.
“Thank all of you for your prayers, support, love and faith in me during this journey,” Turner wrote on his Facebook campaign page. “I hope you are ready to go with me as we create this new culture for our new city.”
Retired community leader George Turner Jr. won the runoff race for district four against opponent Mary-Pat Hector, securing his win with 50.64 percent of the votes.
And in district Five, businesswoman Diane Adoma received 54.40 percent of the votes, winning out over opponent Tammy Grimes.
“I am thrilled that the voters of the fifth district of the new city of Stonecrest have chosen me to represent them,” Adoma said. “While campaigning I had the opportunity to speak with a number of people in District 5, and start discussing their concerns, issues and thoughts with how to make their community and the city world-class. I am truly looking forward most to speaking with more citizens in the District as to their community needs and prioritizing those needs.”
During the March 21 election, 52.2 percent of voters chose Jason Lary as their first mayor. Also already voted onto the city council in March were Jimmy Clanton Jr. for district one and Jazzmin Cobble for district three.
The new city will become official May 1 when the elected mayor and fully established five-person council take office.
It will initially take control of code enforcement, zoning and parks and recreation from the county with other services to be potentially added later, such as police.
Lary has said some of his top priorities after taking office will be to find a city hall space and working to secure a partnership with DeKalb County, who will provide the bulk of the city’s initial services.
In the race for the District 6 U.S. House of Representatives seat vacated by Tom Price, Democrat Jon Ossoff nearly won the 18-way race in a traditionally Republican-dominated district, which includes portions of DeKalb, Fulton and Cobb counties.
Though Ossoff received 58.56 percent of votes in DeKalb County alone, with more than 44,000 ballots cast, he came in just under the 50 percent majority needed across all counties combined.
With all counties reporting, Ossoff had 48.10 percent of the more than 192,000 votes cast and will face Republican Karen Handel — who had 19.78 percent — in a runoff.
The runoff for the seat is scheduled for June 20.