DeKalb County primary: Thurmond wins, Sutton and Bradshaw headed to runoff

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 24, 2016
Interim DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond speaks at the Brookhaven City Council’s March 26, 2013 meeting at PATH Academy. File photo obtained via Reporter Newspapers

Michael Thurmond. File photo obtained via Reporter Newspapers

All precincts have been accounted for in the May 24 DeKalb County partisan primaries, and there will be runoff elections in some key races.

The most high-profile race on the ballot, the Democratic primary for DeKalb County CEO, ended in a landslide victory for Michael Thurmond, the former DeKalb County Schools Superintendent. He will face Republican Jack Lovelace in the November general election.


The District 4 County Commission race, which drew lots of local media attention, will go to a runoff between incumbent Sharon Barnes Sutton and Steve Bradshaw. The runoff will be July 26. Bradshaw led Sutton at the end of the night, getting 5,253 votes to Sutton’s 4,712. It’s a turnaround from his last showing against Sutton in 2012, which Sutton won with 73 percent of the votes.

Sutton, who has been a magnet for controversy, avoided public forums in the days leading up to the election. She also came under fire for a mailer she sent that included a picture of Bradshaw, who is black, and Bradshaw’s wife, who is white. Bradshaw said the mailer was racially motivated.

The winner of the District 4 runoff will face Republican Willie Willis in the November general election.

Sutton’s political consultant Warren Mosby, who has been romantically involved with Sutton in the past, lost to incumbent District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon, who faces no Republican opposition in November.

Some other primary results of note:

– State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver easily defeated Democratic challenger Brian Westlake, pulling down 75 percent of the vote. She has no general election opposition.

– State Rep. Rahn Mayo lost the House District 84 Democratic primary to Renitta Shannon. There will be no Republican challenger in the general election.

– There will be a runoff in the Tax Commissioner’s race between Irvin Johnson, who had 20,874 votes and Susannah Scott, who had 17,851. Stan Watson, who resigned his County Commission seat to run for Tax Commissioner, came in third with 14,108 votes. There is no Republican running in the general election.

– District Attorney Robert James lost his primary race to Sherry Boston, who earned 62 percent of the vote. There will not be a Republican on the ballot in November.

– Sheriff Jeffrey Mann won his primary and will face Republican Harold Dennis in the general election.

– Voters renewed a once percent sales tax for education, with 71 percent of voters supporting it.

To see the election results from the May 24 primary, click here.

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