No matter who wins Tuesday’s runoff election for DeKalb County Commission, one thing is for sure: Southeast DeKalb will finally regain political representation after going without for two years.
Mereda Davis Johnson, an attorney who is married to U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., will face George Turner, a retired MARTA manager and leader of several neighborhood improvement groups. Johnson and Turner received the most votes among 10 candidates in last month’s special election.
Johnson says she has the political savvy needed for the job, having worked for her husband’s campaign and as DeKalb’s first black female judge when she served in magistrate court in the 1980s.
Turner says he’s the candidate who is most in-touch with the 144,000-person southeast DeKalb community because he’s been volunteering for decades with various homeowners’ associations and civic organizations before deciding to run for office.