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Douglas County's Commission until two years ago had a Republican chairman and a GOP majority.

In January, the chairman and three of the four district commissioners will be Democrats.

Democrat Tarenia Carthan defeated Republican Leonard Amundson for the County Commission District 3 seat 56 percent to 44 percent Tuesday in the General Election. Carthan will replace Republican Mike Mulcare, who was not seeking re-election to a fourth term.

Incumbent Democratic Commissioner Henry Mitchell III appeared to turn back a challenge from Republican Nycole Newborn Miller and won a third term in the District 1 seat on the Douglas County Commission.

Miller had been campaigning for weeks despite her husband, Douglasville City Councilman Mike Miller, being hospitalized after suffering an apparent stroke.

Democrats also took another countywide position from Republican hands after Sonya Compton, a Douglasville attorney, defeated incumbent Solicitor General Matthew Krull. The solicitor general serves as chief prosecutor in Douglas County State Court.

A majority of Douglas voters chose Democrats for the top statewide offices, including Stacey Abrams for governor, Sarah Riggs Amico for lieutenant governor and John Barrow for secretary of state.

Incumbent District 30 State Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, defeated certified write-in candidate Anne OBryant of Hiram. Senate District 30 includes parts of Douglas, Paulding and Carroll counties.

Unopposed candidates in local districts on the Douglas County ballot included incumbent Chief Magistrate Susan Camp; Douglas County School Board members D.T. Jackson Sr., Tracy Rookard and Michelle Simmons; Douglas County Commission member Ann Guider of District 4; District 61 State Rep. Roger Bruce, D-Atlanta; District 62 State Rep. William Boddie, D-Atlanta; District 65 State Rep. Sharon Beasley-Teague, D-Red Oak; District 66 State Rep. Kimberly Alexander, D-Hiram; District 67 State Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville; District 68 State Rep. J. Collins, R-Villa Rica; and District 35 State Sen. Donzella James, D-Atlanta.

Voters living inside the cities of Douglasville and Villa Rica and in unincorporated Douglas County voted by at least 62 percent in each to allow “Sunday Brunch” sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages at restaurants to begin at 11 a.m. on Sundays rather than the current start time of 12:30 p.m.

Douglasville and Villa Rica residents also voted to allow use of tax allocation districts to encourage redevelopment in parts of their cities.

State law allows cities and counties to sell bonds to pay for infrastructure and other redevelopment costs within a specially defined area, called a tax allocation district. The bonds are secured by the extra property tax revenue the redevelopment activities should generate, according to information from Georgia State University.


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