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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.

T-SPLOST: The special transportation tax voters will be asked to vote on July 31 has metro Atlanta extremely divided: each side gives its reasons why you should vote yes and why you should vote no.

: 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 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 — 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, .

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 , will be the one to lead the country.

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