Heere’s Vernon – Mann, Jones in runoff
This story has been updated.
The July 22 runoff in the DeKalb Sheriff’s race will be a fun one to watch.
Incumbent Jeff Mann received 39.86 percent of the vote, not enough to avoid a runoff. His opponent? Former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones, who received 22.25 percent of the vote.
The previous sheriff, Tom Brown, left that seat to run for U.S. House District 4 against incumbent Hank Johnson in the May 20 primary. Mann succeeded him. Brown lost to Johnson, who received 55.3 percent of the vote.
While Mann’s former boss contemplates his recent career move, the incumbent sheriff will have to face a savvy political opponent. Jones served as DeKalb County CEO for two terms starting in 2001. Prior to that, he served eight years in the Georgia House of Representatives.
He’s also the subject of speculation about his behavior in public and in private. In 2005, a woman accused him of rape, but the case was never prosecuted. Jones has maintained his innocence and wasn’t inclined to discuss it when he announced his candidacy for sheriff. Atlanta’s 11 Alive published a rundown of some of the past allegations against Jones.
Mann is touting his experience as Chief Deputy and Sheriff of DeKalb County. He said he plans to lobby the DeKalb County Commissioners for a pay raise for corrections officers. Jones says he wants to increase the efficiency of the department, which he accuses of having a “go along to get along” philosophy.
Jones, who donned a cowboy hat and boots for a picture on his campaign website, proved on May 20 that whatever opinions people might have about him, he’s still a relevant force in local politics.
Mann may have won the majority of the vote on Tuesday, but Jones’ resiliency is cause for caution. DeKalb County isn’t big enough for the two of them.
Here are the revised totals for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s race.
Dale Bernard Collins Percentage: 4.30 Votes: 3109 Precincts reporting: 189 of 189
Ted Golden Percentage: 4.09 Votes: 2956 Precincts reporting: 189 of 189
R. “Tony” Hughes Percentage: 5.68 Votes: 4108 Precincts reporting: 189 of 189
Vernon Jones Percentage: 22.25 Votes: 16096 Precincts reporting: 189 of 189
Melody Maddox Percentage: 7.28 Votes: 5263 Precincts reporting: 189 of 189
Jeff Mann, Incumbent Percentage: 39.86 Votes: 28833 Precincts reporting: 189 of 189
Melvin Mitchell Percentage: 14.36 Votes: 10390 Precincts reporting: 189 of 189
LaSalle Smith, Sr. Percentage: 1.75 Votes: 1269 Precincts reporting: 189 of 189