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Run-off election results: Arrington Takes The Fifth; It’s Perdue vs. Nunn

By Hal Lamar | 7/25/2014, 9:27 a.m.
Atlanta attorney Marvin Arrington Jr. is now the new commissioner from Fulton County’s new 5th District Commission seat.
Fulton County Commissioner-elect Marvin Arrington, Jr.

Atlanta attorney Marvin Arrington Jr. is now the new commissioner from Fulton County’s new 5th District Commission seat.

He defeated challenger and former Atlanta School board member Brenda Muhammad in the July 22 general primary runoff. The namesake son of former longtime City Council President and now retired judge Marvin Arrington Sr. gathered 4186 votes to Muhammad’s 2970. In the general primary election two months ago, Arrington finished the night the leading vote- getter with 45.11 percent of the balloting to Muhammad’s 31.38 percent, which forced the runoff.

The race between the two 5th district contenders was fairly close just a couple of hours before the polls closed Tuesday night at 7 p.m. In fact, by 9 p.m. that night and with 42 of the district’s 60 precincts reporting, Arrington’s led out the starting gate narrowed considerably, with an early 59 percent lead sliced which was sliced to 57 percent. But less than two hours later, Arrington’s lead swelled and stayed at 60.1 percent.

Two commission candidates who won their primaries, veteran Emma Darnell and Commission Chair John Eaves, will face Republican opposition in November. If the two survive those challenges, the Commission will remain with a 4-3 minority majority.

Meanwhile, an appeal by former commission member and candidate Rob Pitts who was defeated in the general primary by Eaves was dismissed by a Fulton County judge, leaving Eaves the winner of the race for District 7.

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Republican David Perdue will face Democrat Michele Nunn is the battle of the “ outsiders” for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seat in November.

In other races….

In a hard-fought nine-week run-off campaign, business executive David Perdue defeated south Georgia Congressman Jack Kingston for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

November 4’s election will pit two “outsiders” against one another to fulfill the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Perdue will face Democrat Michelle Nunn. Neither candidate has held public office before.

In a campaign that saw a flood of outside PAC money, Perdue carried nearly all of north Georgia and did better than anticipated in many southern counties.

Shelitha Robertson lost her bid for a seat on the Fulton County Superior court bench to Jane Barwick who collected 30 percent of the ballots to Robertson‘s 17 percent.

The people resounding said “NO’ to former DeKalb Commission CEO Vernon Jones to becoming their new sheriff. Sheriff Jeffery Mann who took over the office after Thomas Brown gave up the seat to run for the U.S. Congressional 4th seat, easily defeated Jones.

Georgia is just one race away from electing its first African American female state school superintendent. Valarie Wilson outpointed runoff challenger and former state legislator Alisha Thomas-Morgan 55 to 44 percent Wilson will face Republican opposition in November.