Wife of Hank Johnson elected as commissioner of DeKalb’s District 5
Mereda Davis Johnson, an attorney and wife of U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, won a runoff election Tuesday to fill the DeKalb County District 5 Commission Seat.
Johnson said in a statement, “Last night was victorious for our hard-working, deserving families and children in DeKalb County’s 5th District. I am humbled and honored to have your vote of confidence as you have elected me as your new DeKalb County Commissioner.”
She went on to say, “I plan to get started immediately. We won’t abandon the priorities we’ve spent so much time and energy fighting for. Today is a new day, DeKalb – and our best days are ahead.”
Congratulations poured in for the new commissioner.
Congratulations @Mereda4D5. You did it. See you soon.
— Kasim Reed (@KasimReed) July 15, 2015
Congratulations to Mereda Davis Johnson @Mereda4D5 on winning the District 5 Commission race! #FullHouseinDeKalb
— DeKalb County, GA (@ItsInDeKalb) July 15, 2015
District 5 now has voting representation. Congratulations to the newly elected Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson! @Mereda4D5
— Lee May (@LeeMay) July 15, 2015
Johnson takes over May’s seat, which had been unfilled since Governor Nathan Deal appointed him interim CEO after CEO Burrell Ellis was suspended in July 2013 for allegedly shaking down contractors for campaign contributions. May had refused to give up his commission seat so he could return to the position if Ellis came back.
He finally resigned the seat in May, clearing a path for a special election. Ellis was convicted of perjury and attempted extortion and was sentenced this month.
An initial election report showed Johnson taking 53.12 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election. The Democrat defeated fellow Democrat George Turner Jr. who received 46.88 percent of the vote.