Two seats to be decided in Tuesday runoff election

Two runoff elections in DeKalb County will be decided in the Dec. 1 special election runoff.

Gerald Evans, a realtor, and Julie Newman, a family business owner, are in the runoff to fill the remaining term of former Doraville District 1 councilman Robert Patrick, who won the DeKalb District 1 commission seat in the General Election;  Kwanza Hall, a former Atlanta city councilman, and Robert Franklin, former president of Morehouse College, face each other in a runoff in Georgia’s 5th Congressional District special election.

Gerald Evans
Julie Newman

In the Doraville race, the winner will serve through Dec. 31, 2021, representing the northernmost part of the city.

Either Hall or Franklin will serve in the congressional seat through Jan. 3, filling the remainder of former congressman John Lewis’ term. Georgia’s 5th Congressional District includes central Fulton County, parts of southwest DeKalb and parts of Clayton County.

More information about candidates can be found on their websites below:





Polling locations will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.  To find your polling place, visit

DeKalb County Superior Court Clerk Debra DeBerry and eFile staff will be available until 10 p.m. on election day, according to a press release from DeBerry’s office. Pleadings should be filed at Division 5 Judge Gregory A. Adams will be presiding.

“Even in the midst of a pandemic, it is important to ensure a free, fair and secure compliance with election laws,” DeBerry stated.

For questions or concerns regarding filing petition challenges, contact DeBerry at (404) 557-1243 or via email at


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