New county commissioner, school board member elected

DeKalb County voters elected a new county commissioner and a new school board member in the June 21 runoff elections.

Michelle Long Spears gained 5,364 ballots, or 61 percent of the votes, over Lauren Alexander to become the next District 2 DeKalb County Commissioner. The race was made turbulent by what DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections Executive Director Keisha Smith explained was “a technical error in precinct scanners” during the May 24 primary elections, prompting a hand recount of ballots.

“I’m humbled and honored that you have chosen me to lead District 2,” said Long Spears. “Thank you to all the supporters who have been part of this campaign and stayed with us through the ups and downs. It was a wild ride but the ones who stuck with us and stayed focused on a positive vision for District 2 showed that our community is ready for a compassionate progressive to move us forward into a more equitable and just future. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work for the residents of District 2. I believe in our purpose, people, and potential and I look forward to uniting us behind a shared vision for the future of DeKalb.”

The DeKalb County Board of Education (BOE) will also welcome a new member, Whitney McGinniss, who beat Candice McKinley by garnering 3,250 or 57 percent of the total ballots.

On her campaign website, McGinniss lists student health and wellbeing, building maintenance and construction, transparency, accountability and communication as some of her priorities.

Voters re-elected incumbent Diijon Dacosta to the BOE who defeated Janet Hughes with 3,226 ballots or about 56 percent of the total votes.

DeKalb Voter Elections and Registration will certify its election results during the June 27 DeKalb Board of Registration and Elections meeting.

All results are unofficial and incomplete until members of the DeKalb Board of Registration and Elections officially certifies the primary runoff election.

Unofficial results include Election Day voting, absentee ballots and advance voting.

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