THE CHAMPION FREE PRESS, FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014 PAGE 3A
Runoﬀ election preview
by Carla Parkercarla@dekalbchamp.comThe May 20 primary election ended with four DeKalb County seats still up for grabs. Voters will have the final say on who will be the new DeKalb County sheriff and who will hold the three remaining seats on the DeKalb County Board of Education.Eight people ran for the sheriff’s seat in the pri-maries, but the race is down to current Sheriff
–who was appointed by former sheriff
and former DeKalb County CEO
.In the school board race, two incumbents will face each other for the District 4 seat because the Georgia General Assembly voted to decrease the school board from nine members to seven by removing the super districts seats.District 4 seat is currently held by
, the board’s current vice chairman. McMahan, a loan originator at AmStar Mortgage Network, has been serving since 2013 when he defeated former incum-bent
in a runoff. The other incumbent in the race is
, a Georgia Perimeter Col-lege faculty member, who was appointed to the Super District 8 by Gov.
after he replaced six school board members who were serving when the school district was placed on accreditation proba-tion. Carter’s current seat was one of two eliminated by the state General Assembly.In the District 3 runoff race, incumbent
–another Deal appointee–will face
. Erwin is an assistant professor at Georgia Gwinnett College and LeBlanc is an investor.
Vickie B. Turner
will face incumbent
, who was appointed by the governor, in the District 5 runoff race. Mayfield, a senior partner with Georgia-based business development firm FO-COM Inc., currently represents Super District 9. The District 5 seat is currently held by
, who did not run for re-election.by Carla Parkercarla@dekalbchamp.comThe border battle be-tween Briarcliff, Lakeside and Tucker looks to be end-ing after representatives of the proposed cities of Briarcliff and Lakeside an-nounced that they are work-ing together.Representatives from the City of Briarcliff Initiative and Lakeside Yes read a joint statement at the DeKalb County Operations Task Force July 2 meeting to an-nounce that the two groups will work together to create a unified map.“Both of our groups presented maps during the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly,” Lakeside Yes chairwoman
Mary Kay Woodworth
read. “How-ever, because our current maps overlap, Lakeside and Briarcliff have agreed to collaborate with the goal of creating a unified map free of overlapping areas and respecting existing city bor-ders and future annexation plans.” Cityhood bills for Bri-arcliff, Lakeside and Tucker all failed to make it to the House floor for a vote in the last legislative session and were put on hold until the next legislative session. The maps of the three proposed cities had overlap-ping areas, including the Northlake area. Lakeside’s map also included part of Tucker’s 30084 ZIP code. Legislators urged support-ers of the proposed cities to work together to resolve the overlapping borders. Woodworth said the groups will continue to work with Rep.
(R-60) and Sen.
(R- 40), residents and business owners to “reach the goal of local control and gover-nance for this community.”“We invite the advocates of the city of Tucker to join with us so that we can pres-ent two cities with a clear path to cityhood prior to the 2015 session of the General Assembly,” Woodworth said. The Tucker 2015 Initia-tive posted a statement on its Facebook page, stating: “Tucker 2015 applauds the City of Briarcliff Initia-tive and the Lakeside City Alliance for combining their cityhood efforts as announced at the DeKalb County Task Force meeting [July 2]. Given the broad overlap of their two maps, we have long supported them working through their differences so that the city of Tucker can coexist with a neighboring new city. “As Tucker 2015’s
told the task force members, improving quality of life for the Tucker com-munity and all of DeKalb County continues to be at the heart of our cityhood effort. We look forward to collaborating with the newly combined Lakeside/Briar-cliff effort, while preserving the long-standing Tucker community.” Rep.
(D-81) said he is “pleased” that the two group are working together.“I encourage them to continue with that work and for them to continue to work with the supporters of Tucker to resolve boundary issues,” Holcomb said in a released statement. “Over the last year and a half, I have advocated for a col-laborative process that re-flects the will of the people who live here. Reaching consensus locally should ensure that our community succeeds in getting what we want through the legisla-tive process. That will be my goal in the upcoming ses-sion.”City of Briarcliff Initiative president
said its members are committed to working together because they agree with Lakeside on almost every issue except boundaries. “Boundaries can be solved,” Venet said at the meeting. “As we refine our map, we are soliciting neigh-borhood input, and we will work with state, county and local elected representatives of both major parties and with the existing cities of DeKalb County. We seek to unite, rather than divide, to improve government opera-tions not just in our region of DeKalb but in the entire county.”
Tucker ‘applauds’ Briarcliﬀ, Lakeside collaboration