High Point voting 1 voters

Residents cast their ballots Tuesday morning.

As current solicitor-general Sherry Boston's campaign slogan stated, it is indeed "a new DAy" for DeKalb County.

Gaining almost 62 percent of the vote, Sherry Boston beat out incumbent Robert James to become the county's new district attorney.

Another closely-watched race saw former school system superintendent Michael Thurmond gain the democratic primary for the DeKalb CEO race with almost 72 percent of the vote, beating out Connie Stokes and Joe Bembry. He’ll face Republican Jack Lovelace, who ran unopposed.

Incumbent Jeff Mann will remain sheriff of DeKalb County with his 56 percent lead over his opponents.

Runoff races will include the district 4 commissioner seat with incumbent Sharon Barnes-Sutton gaining 43.42 percent of the votes and Steve Bradshaw inching ahead of her with 48.40 percent of the votes. Irvin Johnson and Susannah Scott will face off again for DeKalb Tax Commissioner with the candidates getting 39.51 percent and 33.79 percent respectively.

Despite his recent DUI arrest, Tom Taylor was able to keep the District 79 seat with a large 71.52 percent lead over his opponent, Tom Owens.

Former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones will be back in local politics as well – he gained 56.58 percent of the District 91 vote.

And although some commissioners and senators voiced that they would not be supporting the ESPLOST, 71.36 percent of voters chose “yes” for the school tax.

About 19 percent of total registered voters in DeKalb County cast their ballots.

Check back with Neighbor Newspapers throughout the week for more information on the primary election results and interviews with the winners and candidates.


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