After Tuesday’s runoff elections, DeKalb County has a new District 7 commissioner.

Lorraine Cochran-Johnson won 67 percent of the total votes over incumbent Gregory Adams who earned about 32.6 percent.

“I am thankful to the citizens of DeKalb County for entrusting me to bring about change in DeKalb in my first term. I am grateful for the strong progress we've made together on infrastructure, economic development, and quality-of-life for all. It has been an honor to serve.

I look forward to making additional progress on these key issues as I close out my term this year and working with my successor on a smooth transition. Congrats to Commissioner-elect Lorraine Cochran-Johnson,” stated Adams in public social media posts.

According to Cochran-Johnson’s website, the newly elected commissioner ran on a platform promising to focus on “creat(ing) living wage jobs, improve(ing) our schools, increase(ing) property values and mak(ing) public safety a top priority.”

District 7 covers parts of Doraville, Decatur, Lithonia, Stonecrest and Tucker as well as areas of unincorporated DeKalb County.

Much national attention went to the runoff election for the GOP candidate for Georgia governor. DeKalb voters picked Brian Kemp, who ultimately gained the nomination. In DeKalb County, Kemp received 62.6 percent of the votes while Casey Cagle received 37.3 percent.

In total, 44,485 of 478,665, or about 9 percent of registered voters in the county came out to cast their ballots.


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