By the end of the second day of qualifying Thursday, most announced challengers and couple of new ones had qualified for the July 31 Democratic and Republican primaries.
Qualifying was scheduled to end at noon on May 25.
As expected, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis will face former police officer and pastor Gregory Adams and businessman Jerome Edmondson.
Tax Commissioner Claudia Lawson is being challenged by Melvin Allen Tukes, who listed his occupation as senior pastor.
Three candidates – newspaper Andre White, Victory for the World pastor Kenneth Samuels, and attorney Gina Mangham, a Lithonia resident who was active in that community’s recent fight against the Greenco composting plant – qualified to challenge District 5 Commissioner Lee May.
In the County Commission District 4 race, incumbent Sharon Barnes Sutton is being challenged by Steve Bradshaw. School Board member Thomas Bowen, who was contemplating a run for the office, had not qualified by end of day Thursday but had until noon Friday to do it.
In the District 6 race, incumbent Kathie Gannon will face Edmond Richardson,
As previously announced, Frank Swindle, Oretha Brown-Johnson and John Carter, all qualified to challenge incumbent Clerk of Superior Court Deborah DeBerry.
State Senator Gloria Butler was the only DeKalb Senator with a challenger by end of day Thursday. Mark Williams, who says on his Facebook page that he works for DeKalb Schools and lives in Gwinnett County, qualified in the Senator 55 race.
In the Georgia House, Scott Hughes qualified to challenge Pamela Stephenson for House District 90 seat, and Dexter Dawson and Glen Williams qualified to challenge Dar’shun Kendrick for the House District 93 seat.
For the new House District 92 seat, three democrats, former Lithonia city councilwoman Doreen Carter, Sherri Len Washington, and Rockdale County teacher Doreen Williams qualified.
In the U.S. 4th District, three Democrats and two Republicans had qualified by Thursday. Courtney Dillard and Conyers businessman Lincoln Nunally qualified to challenge Congressman Hank Johnson in the Democratic primary and for for the Republican primary, Greg Pallen and J. Chris Vaughn qualified.
In the nonpartisan judicial and school board races, DeKalb State Court incumbent Dax Lopez was only candidate drawing opposition, from former DeKalb prosecutor Dionne McGee.
In the District 4 School Board race, incumbent Paul Womack drew opposition from James T. (Tom) Gilbert, James “Jim” P. Kinney III, and James McMahan.
In the open District 6 School Board, Melvin Johnson, Denise McGill and Terrilyn Rivers-Cannon qualified. Incumbent Thomas Bowen, who is the school board’s vice chairman, is not seeking re-election to the seat.