The end of qualifying at noon Friday for local and state candidates brought a few surprises but mostly confirmed which incumbents had opposition, and who didn’t.
Because redistricting put two Democratic incumbents—Elena Parent and Scott Holcomb— in the same state house district, the two agreed that just one would run. On Friday, after the close of qualifying it was announced that attorney Scott Holcomb would run for the District 81 seat that stretches from Ashford Park and Drew Valley to Gwinnett County.
Parent said she intends to accept the position of executive director of Georgia Watch, a consumer advocacy organization. In a statement issued Friday, Parent said she wholeheartedly endorses Holcomb calling him “one of the most thoughtful, bright and ethical people you will ever meet.” Parent added that, “this wasn’t a decision I made lightly” and that she has every intention of seeking elective office some time in the future.
Two strong Republicans have also qualified for the District 81 seat. Dr. Carla Roberts, an ob-gyn on the faculty at Emory University, and attorney Chris Boedeker. The newly redrawn district slightly leans republican. Boedeker was endorsed Thursday by Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson, who also had eyed the seat.
In other House districts, Republican Mike Jacobs, the author of the bill to create a new city of Brookhaven, will have a democratic opponent, Sandy Murray, an opponent of the new city, whom Jacobs handily defeated in the last election.
Dunwoody state Rep. Tom Taylor and state Sen. Fran Millar will run for re-election with no opposition.
In county elections, CEO Burrell Ellis faces Jerome Edmondson and Gregory Adams. District one commissioner Elaine Boyer, who represents Dunwoody and north DeKalb, picked up last minute opponent, Larry Danese, who has run in the past as a Democrat, but qualified in the republican primary. At-large District 6 commissioner Kathie Gannon will face Edmond Richardson. Incumbent commissioners Lee May and Sharon Barnes-Sutton also picked up challengers.
On the DeKalb school board, Don McChesney has one challenger and Paul Womack has three opponents. Incumbent Pam Speaks has no opposition.
A familiar name on DeKalb ballots, former chief executive Vernon Jones, qualified for a state house district in the Lithonia and Conyers area.