Wife of Hank Johnson elected as commissioner of DeKalb’s District 5

Posted by Dena Mellick July 15, 2015
Mereda Davis Johnson won the runoff election to fill DeKalb County's District 5 Commission Seat.  She is pictured here with her husband U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson. Photo from https://www.facebook.com/meredadavisjohnson.

Mereda Davis Johnson won the runoff election to fill DeKalb County’s District 5 Commission Seat. She is pictured here with her husband U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson. Photo from https://www.facebook.com/meredadavisjohnson.

Mereda Davis Johnson, an attorney and wife of U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, won a runoff election Tuesday to fill the DeKalb County District 5 Commission Seat.

Johnson said in a statement, “Last night was victorious for our hard-working, deserving families and children in DeKalb County’s 5th District. I am humbled and honored to have your vote of confidence as you have elected me as your new DeKalb County Commissioner.”

She went on to say, “I plan to get started immediately. We won’t abandon the priorities we’ve spent so much time and energy fighting for. Today is a new day, DeKalb – and our best days are ahead.”

Congratulations poured in for the new commissioner.

Johnson takes over May’s seat, which had been unfilled since Governor Nathan Deal appointed him interim CEO after CEO Burrell Ellis was suspended in July 2013 for allegedly shaking down contractors for campaign contributions. May had refused to give up his commission seat so he could return to the position if Ellis came back.

He finally resigned the seat in May, clearing a path for a special election. Ellis was convicted of perjury and attempted extortion and was sentenced this month.

An initial election report showed Johnson taking 53.12 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election. The Democrat defeated fellow Democrat George Turner Jr. who received 46.88 percent of the vote. 

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Dena Mellick is the Associate Editor of Decaturish.com.

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