East Atlanta Patch Election Guide
The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting the East Atlanta Patch communities in Fulton and DeKalb Counties.
As we look ahead to November’s elections, East Atlanta Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as the July and November voting dates draw near. Bookmark this page for updates.
Congressional Race: Longtime Congressman John Lewis faces serious a serious challenge in the Democratic primary from former Fulton County Judge Michael Johnson. The winner faces Atlanta divorce attorney Howard Stopeck, the Republican candidate.
Fulton County Tax Commissioner: Homeowners' property tax valuations have many scratching their heads because so many have seen their property tax assessments rise, even recent sales don't support such increases. It's fueling the candidacy of R.J. Morris, the Old Fourth Ward property tax activist seeking to unseat the current commissioner, Arthur Ferdinand.
DeKalb County CEO: Burrell Ellis, the county's current chief executive, has a few constituencies upset at some of the decisions he's made and policies he's championed. He faces two challengers in his race — Gregory Adams and Jerome Edmondson, both of whom are former law enforcement officers.
State Legislature: With the recent redistricting, some candidates find themselves battling against fellow seatholders, which affects several East Atlanta Patch communities.
Presidential Race: The biggest race, of course is the presidential election, with voters deciding if President Barack Obama deserves a second four-year-term given the state of unemployment and the economy or if former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger, will be the one to lead the country.