Taking the 5th: Round 1

Muhammad, Arrington Jr. headed for runoff in new Fulton District 5

By Hal Lamar | 5/23/2014, 9:48 a.m.
A political veteran and the son of an Atlanta political icon are headed for round 2 in the battle for ...
Brenda Muhammad (left) and Marvin Arrington (right).

ATLANTA - A political veteran and the son of an Atlanta political icon are headed for round 2 in the battle for a new political seat in Fulton County.

Attorney Marvin Arrington Jr. and former Atlanta School board member Brenda J. Muhammad are headed for a July 22 showdown to determine the winner of the newly re-mapped District 5 of the Fulton County Commission. With five candidates in the race with no clear leader this was expected.

Arrington, the son of former Atlanta City Councilman and Judge Marvin Arrington led the field of five with 45.11 percent of the vote with Muhammad coming in second with a little more than 31 percent of the tally. Neither candidate was available to comment to the paper by deadline time.

Another commission race cliff-hanger had two incumbents and allies neck-and-neck for the District 6 post. Thanks to redistricting by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, Bill Edwards and Commission Vice Chair Emma Darnell were forced to run against each other. Darnell defeated Edwards in a close one garnering 7,433 votes to Edwards’ 7,051 votes.

Darnell will face Republican opponent Abraham Watson in the November general election.

Another commission race that was also too close to call early was the at-large District 7 race between incumbent John Eaves and Robb Pitts. Eaves received 22,798 votes to Pitts’ 22,442 votes. The vote is closed enough for Pitts to ask for a recount if he so chooses. If Eaves’ prevails he will face Republican Bob Cooper in November for the post of Chairman.

In other Fulton Commission races, incumbent Joan Garner defeated a challenge from Eddie Lee Brewster to retain her 4th District post. Bob Ellis won the county’s District 2 seat over Eric Broadwell, Republican Lee Morris, a former Atlanta city council member, fought off three party opponents to win the District 3 seat once held by longtime commissioner Tom Lowe and Liz Haussman had the easiest time of any of the candidates. She ran unopposed in the primary.

Although the Fulton County Commission races were closed, the candidates kept it gentlemanly compared to the Republican races for governor and the U.S. Senate.