May 8, 2010
Attorneys Jason Carter and Tom Stubbs, who are running in the May 11 special election to replace David Adelman in Senate District 42, will meet again on July 20.
Relatively few seats to be decided in July primaries By Jennifer Ffrench Parker
South DeKalb voters will be headed to the polls in July to pick winners in only six DeKalb County races – the 4th Congressional District; Commission District 7; Senate District 42; and House Districts 88, 89 and 94. In all other House, Senate and County Commission districts, Democratic incumbents were largely returned unopposed. Only state Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield and state Sen. Ronald Ramsey attracted Republican opposition in the Nov. 2 general election. Qualifying for the July 20 primary took place April 26-30. In the open race for the DeKalb Commission Super District 7 seat, four candidates – Decatur residents Bryce Evan Farbstein, Tiernery Grier and former state Rep. Stan Watson, and Kathryn Rice of Stone Mountain, a college professor and past president of the Hidden Hills Homeowners Association – are vying to replace Connie Stokes, who is running for Congress. Willie Mosley, who had previously announced for the seat, did not qualify. Former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones, a Democrat, also qualified for the District 4 congressional seat held by incumbent Hank
Bryce Evan Farbstein
Kendrick and Sherri Johnson. On the Republican side, four candiL. Washington, and dates – Victor Armendariz, Liz Carter, Larry Rhonda Peek – are Gause and Cory Ruth – qualified. vying in the primary. State Rep. Billy Mitchell, who has repThe winner will face resented District 88 since 2003, is being Republican attorney challenged by political newcomer Simone Steven Conner in Joye, a business owner and nonprofit adNovember. ministrator. Mangham, who Next door in House District 89, Earnest held the seat since “Coach” Williams, who has represented the 2001, is one of seven district since 2003, faces Kenneth Samuel, Rhonda Peek candidates seeking pastor of Victory Church in Stone Mountheir party’s nomination for governor. tain. District 94 covers portions of DeKalb and In House District 94, vacated by Randal Mangham, four Democrats – senior IT devel- Rockdale counties. Benfield, who has represented House oper Andrew Bostic, attorneys Dar’shun N.
District 85 since 1999, will face Republican Kenneth Brett Quarterman in November. Attorneys Jason Carter and Tom Stubbs, who are running in the May 11 special election to replace David Adelman in Senate District 42, both qualified for the Democratic primary and will meet again on July 20. In Senate District 43, Ramsey will meet Republican Diana Williams in the fall. In other DeKalb races, Democrats Keith Gross, a business owner, and Sandy Murray, a computer consultant and trainer, are seeking the right to challenge Dunwoody Republican Mike Jacobs in House District 80. Jacobs, who was first elected to the House in 2005 as a Democrat, switched parties in 2007. In House District 81, Republican incumbent Jill Chambers will defend her seat in the fall against Democrat Elena Parent, an attorney. All other incumbents for the House and Senate were returned unopposed. On the DeKalb Board of Commissioners, Larry Johnson (District 3) and Jeff Rader (District 2) were returned to office unopposed, as was DeKalb Solicitor-General Robert James. In other East Metro races, Rockdale incumbent state Rep. Toney Collins will defend his District 95 seat from two Democrats, Covington investigator Andrea Cooper and Conyers flight attendant Pam Dickerson. The victor will meet Republican Rodney Upton, a septic contractor, in November. In the 13th Congressional District, Democratic incumbent David Scott is facing consultant Mike Murphy and graphic designer Michael Frisbee. In the GOP primary, six candidates – Mike Crane, Hank Dudek, “Chip” Flanegan and Rupert G. Parchment, physician Deborah Honeycutt, and restaurant manager Dave Orr – are running.
CrossRoadsNews, May 8, 2010