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County Commission seat flips;
incumbents win other races
BY JOHN RUCH, MATT BRUCE AND BOB PEPALIS
Democrat Robert Patrick pulled off an upset in the DeKalb County Board of Commis
sioners District 1 race Nov. 3, unseating Republican incumbent Nancy Jester.
“Unbelievable,” said Patrick, a former Doraville City Council member, in a phone in
terview. “You start something out 10 months ago and it comes to fruition. It’s a really
Jester, a Dunwoody resident who has held the seat since 2014, conceded well before
noon Nov. 4, posting a farewell message on her campaign’s Faceboolc page that gave the
nod to her Democratic challenger.
“It has been an honor to serve DeKalb District 1 on the BOC,” Jester wrote. “I am for
ever thankful to have been of service to the good people of DeKalb County. For every
thing under Heaven, there is a season. As I transition to new opportunities, I want to
assure the people of District 1 there will be a positive and professional transition with
your interests in the forefront of my efforts. Thank you again and I am #forDeKalb.”
The seat represents Dunwoody and parts of Brookhaven, among other areas.
Incumbents won other local races.
U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, a Democrat, will keep her 6th Congressional District seat af
ter defeating Republican challenger Karen Handel with 54.59% of the vote. The race was
a rematch of 2018, when McBath ousted Handel from the seat. The district also includes
parts of Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Cobb County and north Fulton areas.
In state Senate District 40, Democratic incumbent Sally Harrell defeated Republican
challenger Garry Guan with 60.5% of the vote. The seat includes Dunwoody and parts of
Brookhaven and Sandy Springs.
Democratic state Rep. Mike Wilensky of Dunwoody’s District 79 drew 59-75% of the
vote in beating Republican challenger Andrea Johnson.
In the DeKalb County sheriff race, incumbent Melody Maddox, a Democrat, easily
defeated Republican challenger Harold Dennis with over 83% of the vote.
A ballot question proposing a reform of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics easily
won approval with over 87% of the vote.
The board has been inactive since the Supreme Court of Georgia in 2018 ruled that
its current board member appointment method is unconstitutional.
The proposal approved by voters will dissolve the board as of Dec. 31 and appoint
a new one, with three members chosen by the county delegation in the state House
of Representatives, three by the county delegation in the state Senate, and one by the
county tax commissioner. Two alternates would be appointed by the clerk of the coun
ty Superior Court.
The board is intended to independently review claims of improper conduct by pub
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