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Decatur School Board races uncontested, four candidates running for City Commission

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Decatur School Board races uncontested, four candidates running for City Commission

File Photo provided by Dena Mellick

File Photo provided by Dena Mellick

The last day for candidates to qualify for the Decatur city elections is Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Only one race will be contested. Four candidates are vying to replace outgoing City Commissioner Fred Boykin. The candidates are:

Tim Martin

Kelly Walsh

Betty Blondeau

Melissa Manrow

Commissioner Patti Garrett, who currently serves as the city’s mayor, did not draw a challenger, nor did the two incumbent school board members on the ballot, Lewis Jones and Annie Caiola. Only one candidate, Heather Tell, qualified to replace out going School Board member Bernadette Seals, making her the School Board’s next member by default, barring a write-in candidate.

The candidates who qualified to be on the Decatur ballot this year are:

Patricia M. Garrett (I) City Commission 2/A
Timothy H. Martin City Commission 1/A
Kelly B. Walsh City Commission 1/A
Melissa Manrow City Commission 1/A
Betty Blondeau City Commission 1/A
Annie P Caiola (I) CSD Board of Ed At Large
Heather Tell CSD Board of Ed 2/A
Lewis Jones  (I) CSD Board of Ed 1/A

The election is Nov. 7 and early voting begins on Oct. 16. Decaturish will be hosting a candidates forum on Sept. 25 at the Decatur branch of the DeKalb County library, located at 215 Sycamore Street. The forum begins at 7 p.m. For more information, click here.

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