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Redovian Copelin-WoodJesterCunninghamRobertsElder Walke
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2010 • VOL. 13, NO. 32 •FREE
See Schools on Page 15A See Congress on Page 15A 
Some school board incumbents reseated
 by Pureterrah Witcher 
Unreflective of recent controversial behavior by some board members, vot-ers from several dis-tricts in DeKalb sentcandidates back for asecond or third team.At press timelate Tuesday night,three of the five seatsup for grabs on thenine-member DeKalbSchool Board, werereturned to incum- bents – district 1 and7 were in tight run-offs.Candidate
ZaporaW. Roberts
of district7 and
Jim Redovian
 of district 1 both hadless than 50.1 percentof the vote, which iswhat’s required toavoid a run-off.Incumbent
Sarah Copelin-Wood
of district 3held a small lead with50.84 percent of thevote over 
Corey Wil-son
’s 30.75 percent.
FALL BACK: Set clocks back 1 hour on Nov. 7
 by Andrew CauthenTwo-term Democratic Con-gressman
Henry “Hank” John-son
was re-elected to a thirdterm serving Georgia’s 4th Con-gressional District, defeating political newcomer Republican
Lisbeth “Liz” Carter
.Johnson, who was endorsed by President
, gar-nered 73 percent of the votes toCarter’s 27 percent.Johnson is a member of theTransportation, Armed Servicesand Judiciary Committees. Heis the chairman of the JudiciarySubcommittee that is responsiblefor antitrust legislation and over-sees administration of the federalcourts.Before going to Congress,Johnson served 12 years as aDeKalb County magistrate judge,and five years as a county com-missioner. Johnson also prac-ticed civil and criminal law inDeKalb County for 27 years. Thecongressman is married to Attor-ney
Mereda Davis Johnson
andhas two children.Johnson gained national at-tention earlier this year with awell-publicized comment aboutGuam that he made during aHouse Armed Service Commit-tee hearing. During the hear-ing about a proposed military buildup on the U.S. territory,Johnson expressed his fear that“the whole island will become sooverly populated that it will tipover and capsize.”Johnson soon released astatement categorizing the com-ment as “subtle humor” that il-lustrated his concerns about the“impact of the planned military buildup on this small tropical is-land.”Carter, the chief executiveofficer of the Lisbeth Carter Group, an executive-level con-sulting and search firm, said thather campaign sent “a very bigmessage” to elected officials.“We created a huge move-ment, and we will continue tostay active and unite the dis-trict,” Carter said. “We willcontinue to hold elected officialsaccountable.”Carter, who received endorse-ments from the National Frater-nal Order of Police, Americansfor Legal Immigration, DeKalbFraternal Order of Police, andLeaders of Atlanta Tea PartyPatriots, said although the Re- publican party made significantinroads with her campaign, therace was “about people, not the political party.”Carter would not say whether she would run for political officeagain in the future.In the race for the 5th Con-gressional district, Democratic
Johnson up to the challenge in District 4
See Elections on Page 15A 
 by Robert Naddrarobert@dekalbchamp.comA heavy interest in the gov-ernor’s race and the five school board seats drove a higher number of voters to the polls inDeKalb County than anticipated,according to local election of-ficials.More than 137,000 vot-ers turned out according to theGeorgia Secretary of State Website.“We had more than 100,000who had voted as of 5 p.m.[Tuesday] said
, head of the DeKalb County board of elections. “That doesn’tinclude early voters or absen-tees. That’s just who went to the poll [Tuesday]. That’s higher than what we had expected.“The school board races inthe county did help some, but Ithink it was more the governor’srace across the board that helpedget more people out,” she said.
Turnout higher thananticipated in DeKalb
John Lewis
goes back to Washington after re-ceiving 74 percent of the vote,defeating Republican candidate
Fenn Little
, who took 26 of thevote.Lewis, civil rights pioneer who has served in Congresssince 1986, is a member of theHouse Ways & Means Commit-tee, a member of its subcom-mittee on income security andfamily support, and chairman of its subcommittee on oversight.Lewis is also the senior chief deputy whip for the DemocraticParty in leadership in the House.Little, a constitutional andcivil rights attorney, is a found-ing partner of Maner LittleCrumley and Chambliss.The 13th Congressional raceended with incumbent Democrat
David Scott
retaining his seatafter winning about 66 percentof the vote over the 34 percent
Congressman Hank Johnson, with his wife Mereda, celebrates his re-election follow-ing the strongest Republican challenge in recent 4th District history. Photo provided
See Center on Page 7A
Rape crisis center making big impact
kp.orgNow it’s easier than ever to enjoy good healthin DeKalb County. With four Kaiser Permanentemedical centers in the area, convenient carefrom great doctors is close to home or work.
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5440 Hillandale DriveLithonia, GA 30058
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 by Mel MeadowsRape hurts. Not only bod-ies and psyches, but pocket- books too. It overwhelms analready crippled health caresystem with ongoing costs of  physical and mental healingand affects the bottom linesof corporations through pro-ductivity loss.In fact, rape costs societymore than any other crimeincluding murder. Accordingto a National Institute of Jus-tice estimate, rape and other adult sexual assaults cause anannual minimum loss of $127 billion, or about $508 per U.S. resident. That figure in-cludes tangible and intangiblelosses such as property dam-age or loss and pain and suf-fering, but does not includethe cost of investigation, prosecution or incarcerationof offenders.For the past 20 years,armed with a small staff andmany volunteers, the DeKalbRape Crisis Center (DRCC)has worked to combat theimpact that rape has on vic-tims, their spouses, familymembers, and neighbors. His-torically, the only availableresource for DeKalb Countyrape victims was the rape cri-sis center at Grady MemorialHospital, which covered bothDeKalb and Fulton counties.In 1988, of the 1,200sexual assault patients treatedat Grady, 20 percent wereDeKalb residents. Police offi-cers reported to then DeKalbCounty District Attorney
that the trek for po-lice officers and victims was becoming a hindrance and theservices at Grady were beingstretched thin.“They [Grady] often hadmore volume than they reallyneeded to be handling,” saidWilson. “They were stresseda lot of the time to meet thedemand and Grady was justnot convenient physically for a large part of our county andour law enforcement.”The distance, Wilsonsaid, created some issues for DeKalb victims and took 
DRCC’s annual Take Back the Night Run/Walk is held to promote rape prevention. Photo provided

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