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Elections: Rep. Oliver, Sen. Parent draw challengers, Rep. Drenner unopposed

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Elections: Rep. Oliver, Sen. Parent draw challengers, Rep. Drenner unopposed

File Photo courtesy of Dena Mellick
File Photo courtesy of Dena Mellick

File Photo courtesy of Dena Mellick

This story has been updated. 

Two members of Decatur’s legislative delegation have drawn challengers in the upcoming primary and general elections.

Another legislator, state Rep. Karla Drenner, D-Avondale Estates, will run unopposed in both the general and primary elections this year.

According to the Secretary of State’s website, state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur will face Brian Westlake in the May 24 Democratic Primary election. To learn more about that race, click here.

State Sen. Elena Parent, SD-42, will face a Republican challenger, Kenneth Brett Quarterman, in the general election in November. He lists his occupation as a “retired educator.” Quarterman unsuccessfully ran for the Senate District 42 seat in 2012 when it was held by Jason Carter.

In the federal elections, Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis will face Republican Douglas Bell in the general election. Bell lists his occupation as “small businessman.”

Democratic U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson will face Republican Victor Armendariz, who lists his occupation as “publishing/media.”

The election for DeKalb County CEO will see former DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond square off against Real Estate broker Connie Stokes and Joe Bembry, who works in automotive services, in the Democratic primary.  The Republican candidate for county CEO is Jack Lovelace, a business owner and accountant.

Kathie Gannon, an incumbent for DeKalb County Commission District 6, will face Democratic consultant Warren Mosby in the primary election.

District 4 Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton has two Democratic challengers: Steve Bradshaw, a business development manager, and Lance Lawyer Hammonds, who works in chemical sales. Republican Willie Willis, a tax examiner, will face the Democratic primary winner in the general election.

Advance voting for the May 24 primary begins on May 2. To see a sample ballot and find your polling information, visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page by clicking here.


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