DeKalb voters support Sunday alcohol sales, Romney

DeKalb County residents showed their support March 6 for a referendum to allow Sunday retail alcohol sales between the hours of 12:30-11:30 p.m. in unincorporated DeKalb.

The referendum passed with 44,563 (73.4 percent) voting for it and 16,116 (26.6 percent) voting against.

Other cities in the county voted on the referendum last year during municipal elections, including Avondale Estates, Clarkston, Decatur and Stone Mountain. However, DeKalb County spokesman Burke Brennan said since there were no countywide elections, officials decided to hold the referendum during the presidential primary rather than pay to hold a special election.

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich of Georgia, the former speaker of the House, won the Georgia Republican Primary on Super Tuesday. However, voters in DeKalb favored Mitt Romney. The former governor of Massachusetts earned 39.2 percent of the DeKalb vote (13,971). Gingrich earned 35.7 percent (12,723 votes).

Republican candidate Rick Santorum, the former two-term senator from Pennsylvania, had 12.5 percent of the votes (4,450) and Ron Paul garnered 11 percent (3,931 votes).

Additionally, voters in Doraville went to the polls to decide who would fill a city council seat in District One of the Doraville City Council. The seat, one of two in the district, was left open when Mayor Donna Pittman vacated the position to run for mayor.

Robert Patrick won the seat with 212 votes (53.1 percent), followed by Stuart Anderson with 1567 votes (41.9 percent) and John Noonan with 16 votes (4 percent).

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