Qualifying for District 1 seat begins on Sept. 8

8/29/2014, 6:10 a.m.

DeKalb Commission District 1 residents interested in finishing out Elaine Boyer’s term on the Board of Commissioners can qualify for the Nov. 4 special election starting Sept. 8.

The DeKalb Board of Registration & Elections called the special election on Aug. 27 in the wake of Boyer’s sudden resignation on Aug. 25.

The Board of Elections said the special election will be held in conjunction with the Nov. 4 general election.

Qualifying begins on Sept. 8 at 8:30 a.m. and will close on Sept. 10 at noon at the elections office, 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur.

The fee to qualify is $1,151.24. County commissioners make $38,000 a year.

Eligible candidates must have been a resident of the county for at least 12 months prior to the election, be at least 21 years old, and be a qualified voter.

They must not be under conviction for any violation of election laws, malfeasance in office, or felony involving moral turpitude or conviction of domestic violence locally or nationwide. They also must not owe any local, state or federal taxes.

Boyer, who had been on the Board of Commissioners for 22 years, was first elected to office in 1992. Her current terms ends in 2016. She is facing federal criminal mail and wire fraud charges for authorizing fraudulent invoices in a kickback scheme and misusing her county-issued Visa purchasing card for personal purchases, including ski vacations for her family. All together, federal prosecutors said she used more than $90,000 of taxpayer money. Boyer has said she will plead guilty to the two charges when she is arraigned on Sept. 3.

The successful candidate in the special election will finish her term of office before running for a full four-year term in 2016. With Boyer’s departure, the seven-member board is now down two commissioners since District 5 Commissioner Lee May has been serving for more than a year as interim CEO. The board is scheduled to vote Sept. 14 on appointing George Turner as interim District 5 commissioner while May fills in for CEO Burrell Ellis, who is awaiting trial on corruption and theft charges for allegedly shaking down county contractors for campaign donations.

On Election Day, all the regular polling places in Commission District 1 will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. If a runoff is required, it will be held on Dec. 2.

The last day to register to be eligible to vote in this special election is Oct. 6.

For more information, visit www.dekalbvotes.com and click on “Notices.”