After not having a representative for two years, DeKalb County Commission District 5 could muster up only 6% (4,557) of some 95,000 registered voters in a costly special election held yesterday, June 16, 2015.
The votes, with all 36 precincts reporting, were cast as follows:
1. Mereda Davis Johnson received 1,239 votes (27 percent)
2. George Turner received 726 votes (16 percent)
3. Jerome Edmondson received 490 votes (11 percent)
4. Kathryn Rice received 427 votes (9 percent)
5. Gina Mangham received 424 votes (9 percent)
6. Gregory Adams received 351 votes (8 percent)
7. Harmel Codi received 311 votes (7 percent)
8. Vaughn Irons received 278 votes (6 percent)
9. Gwen Russell Green received 185 votes (4 percent)
10. Kenneth Saunders received 115 votes (3 percent)
As far as we can tell this special election and the vote is only available behind the paywall at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Typical. So get the story at On Common Ground News: http://oncommongroundnews.com/local-news/item/624-dekalb-s-district-5-johnson-is-top-contestant-in-runoff-with-turner.html#sthash.boNk6y9W.dpuf
Meanwhile, you may be interested in this story aired on March 5, 2015 by WXIA. Mereda Johnson was paid more than $73,000 since 2008 from campaign contributions to her husband, US Representative Hank Johnson. This while she apparently continued to work full-time as a lawyer in her law firm and even when her husband, Hank Johnson, had no opposition for re-election. Hank Johnson said she “earned every penny” and that she was “more accessible” than he was. Can you spell “Friends-and-Family”? Do we really need more of that in DeKalb County?
You may also want to read this article about George Turner in Atlanta Progressive News, June 2, 2015. It is eye-opening! Lots of interesting information there that would cause a reasonable person to re-think voting for Turner. The article mentions that Turner has been a legislative aide to District 43 for seven years. Ron Ramsey — yes, double-dipping Ron Ramsey) is the state senator for District 43. Can you spell “Friends-and-Family”? Do we really need yet another F & F connection who is beholden to Ron Ramsey?
Good going, District 5! Not only did so many people selfishly run for this office that it was hard even for stalwart voters to identify one who would make a decent candidate. A costly run-off was almost assured. It doesn’t matter who wins. The winner will most assuredly be the lesser of two evils. You get what you deserve, District 5. But the rest of us are sick of it!
Impressive, District 5. Really.