From local to congressional races, the incumbents won with large margins during the July 31 general primary and non-partisan races.
In DeKalb, 127,144 of the county’s 405,103 registered voters cast ballots.
person and another 5,165 mailed in absentee ballots.
Statewide, the turnout was 31.2 percent with 1.6 million of Georgia’s 5.2 million registered voters casting ballots.
DeKalb Commissioners Sharon Barnes Sutton, Lee May, Kathie Gannon and Elaine Boyer beat back opposition to retain their seats.
In the Georgia House, Reps. Pam Stephenson and Dar’shun Kendrick retained their seats as did state Sen. Gloria Butler.
The only incumbents in runoffs are Senate District 44 incumbent Gail Davenport and School Board District 4 member Paul Womack. Davenport will face challenger Gail Buckner, and Womack will face Jim McMahan in runoffs on Aug. 21.
In the new House District 92 seat, Tonya Anderson and Doreen Williams are in a runoff. Anderson, the former mayor of Lithonia, had 24.6 percent of the votes to Williams’ 24 percent.
In DeKalb District 4 Commissioner Barnes Sutton fended off two opponents to win with 73 percent of the votes.
Steve Bradshaw received almost 23 percent and Clyburn Halley got 4 percent of the
District 5 Commissioner Lee May, who was first elected in July 2006, beat back three challengers to win with 68.5 percent of the votes. Ken Samuel got 13.3 percent of the vote, Gina Mangham, 13 percent, and Andre White, 6.3 percent.
Gannon, who has represented Super District 6 since 2005, garnered 75 percent to defeat Edmond Richardson, who got 26.3 percent of the votes.
Richardson, who is May’s chief of staff, took a leave of absence to run for office. Gannon was criticized in parts of north DeKalb for her opposition to the legislation that authorized the Brookhaven cityhood referendum. The 32,815 votes cast in the race was a tiny portion of 222,724 registered voters in that district that covers half the county.
Boyer easily beat her opponent Larry Danese in the Republican Primary in District 1. Boyer received 76.5 percent of the votes. Danese, who ran against her before as a Democrat, received 23.5 percent of the votes.
First elected to the board in 1992, Boyer is the senior member and the only Republican on the DeKalb Board of Commissioners. She has no opposition in the November General Election.
State Court Judge Dax Lopez won with 57 percent of the votes to challenger Dionne McGee’s 43 percent of the vote.
Superior Court Judge Gail Flake won re-election with 72 percent of the votes to Michael Rothenberg’s 28 percent.
Two weeks before the election, Rothenberg was indicted on July 17 on six felony counts of theft by taking by a DeKalb Grand Jury. He turned himself in on July 18 and is out on a $100,000 bond.
Clerk of Superior Court incumbent Debra DeBerry won re-election with 61 percent of the vote. She had four challengers, including the husband of former clerk and her boss Linda Carter whom she replaced. Her closest challenger, Oretha Brown-Johnson, got 13.5 percent of the vote. John Carter got 12.5 percent of the votes followed by Cheryl Vortice with 7.6 percent and Frank Swindle with 5.7 percent.
Tax Commissioner Claudia Lawson won easily with 85.5 percent of the vote over opponent Melvin Tukes who got 14.5 percent of the votes.
Stephenson, the House District 90 incumbent, beat off challenger Scott Hughes with 79 percent of the votes.
In District 93, incumbent Darshun Kendrick was the victor with 60.39 percent of the votes. Challengers Glen Williams got 29.4 percent while Dexter Dawson got 10.3 percent.
Butler, the Senate District 55 incumbent, got 78.7 percent of the votes. Challenger Mark Williams got 21.3 percent. In Senate District 44, Buckner nabbed 42.4 percent to Davenport’s 33.8 percent. Marcus Davis, the second challenger, got 23.8 percent of the vote.
U.S. 4th Congressional District Rep. Hank Johnson won 76.8 percent of the votes to fend off challenges from Courtney Dillard, who got 19 percent of the votes, and Lincoln Nunnally, who got 4 percent.
In District 5, John Lewis won with 80.5 percent to challenger Michael Johnson’s 19.5 percent.
The results of the elections are still unofficial. The DeKalb Elections office says the votes will be certified on Aug. 6.