A person walks outside of the Voter Registration and Elections Office in DeKalb County during of the first day of early voting on Monday, March 2, 2020.
By Zachary Hansen
Residents who live in one of DeKalb’s 12 cities will see several local races and possibly a referendum on their November ballots
More than 40 local elections will take place across DeKalb County’s dozen cities this November.
Eighty-three candidates threw their hats in the ring to see who could serve as their city’s mayor, councilmember or board of election member. Decatur and Lithonia residents will also each have a referendum to consider.
Each city has at least two seats up for grabs. While some candidates will be running unopposed, other races are poised to be hard-fought elections that could immediately affect residents and the balance of power among city leaders.
Look no further than Stonecrest, where the majority of City Council seats are up for election. Three incumbents are running against challengers to keep their seat, and whoever wins will inherit a young city on the heels of several financial scandals and a recently revised city charter.
Tucker, founded in 2017 alongside Stonecrest, is another young city to watch. The city’s founding mayor, Frank Auman, is running for re-election against Robin Biro. Auman, the former chair of the DeKalb County Republican Party, is among the few right-leaning elected officials in DeKalb. Biro has worked within state Democratic politics for more than a decade.
Tucker’s City Council will also have turnover for the first time since it was founded because an effort to remove term limits for the mayor and council didn’t make it through the state Legislature.
The City of Stone Mountain will undergo change this election cycle, since longtime mayor Patricia Wheeler is not running for re-election. She’s served as mayor for 18 years off-and-on since the 1980s, but three candidates are running to be her successor as mayor of the tiny city often overshadowed by the Confederate monument of the same name.
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