Tuesday, July 15, is Georgia’s primary election. Your polling place will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Click on these links to view the Republican and Democrat sample ballots. Also, the League of Women Voters has posted a helpful voter guide (click for link) at AJC.com.
Now for some editorializing:
There is a referendum on the ballot to renew an existing $2,500 homestead exemption on your school property taxes. This proposition enjoys broad bipartisan support and deserves a “yes” vote.
In the Republican primary for DeKalb County Commission District 1, I encourage you to support Commissioner Elaine Boyer over her challenger, Terri Fischer. Fischer is the owner-operator of a local strip club. She was motivated to run for office out of her opposition to last year’s effort to roll back DeKalb’s alcohol pouring hours from 4:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Commissioner Boyer and her assistant, Nancy McBride, have been very responsive to the constituent concerns I have brought to them. In my humble opinion, the race between Boyer and Fischer presents a clear choice. Crystal clear.
A number of constituents have asked me whom I support for DeKalb CEO. That election will be decided in the Democratic primary and a possible run-off election next month. While I don’t agree with him on some issues, I do think Burrell Ellis would make an outstanding CEO. He is a University of Pennsylvania Wharton School undergraduate and has a law degree from the University of Texas. He is a partner at a major Atlanta law firm. He stands head and shoulders above his competition. He listens to everyone. He won’t engage in the tired old politics of playing one end of the county against the other. It will take someone like Ellis to clean up the fine mess Vernon Jones has gotten us into.