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Dear Decaturish – In support of Antonio Johnson for DeKalb County Sheriff

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Dear Decaturish – In support of Antonio Johnson for DeKalb County Sheriff

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Antonio 'Block' Johnson


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About this series: As part of our ongoing election coverage, we invited each candidate for DeKalb County Sheriff to submit up to three letters of support. Here are letters in support of Antonio Johnson. 

Dear Decaturish,

It is with great pleasure that I write a letter of commendation for Antonio Johnson. I have had the pleasure of knowing him for the past 15 years.

Antonio has always displayed a high degree of integrity and leadership in his daily endeavors. Mr. Johnson is a much-valued member of our church family where he serves as a mentor to many of our young men and women. He has been absolutely phenomenal. Antonio is very organized, very intelligent, and takes this initiative on things that have to be done. His work ethic has enhanced the church’s progress over the past year.

Mr. Johnson is also very active in the community where he uses his incredible ability to organize and serve as a leader. Antonio has coached baseball, football and basketball and has even served as the team’s photographer on many occasions.

I appreciate Mr. Johnson’s dedication, hard work, and dependability. He has my full endorsement. He is certainly an asset to this county, state, and country.


Norman Thomas Jr.

Pastor, First Baptist Church, Gresham Rd.

Principal, Cedar Grove Elementary School


Dear Decaturish,

I am writing to endorse Antonio Johnson for DeKalb County Sheriff. I have known Antonio for many years. Our sons played with and against each other in youth sports in DeKalb County at Browns Mill Park.

As you know, youth sports can reveal the character of coaches, fans, and parents. Antonio’s character, poise, and leadership were unmatched. He always displayed excellent sportsmanship. He demanded the best from players, parents, and his staff. What stood out most to me was his passion for family and developing young men.

He is a dedicated father of two and a loving husband. His commitment to success extended beyond winning the game. He was focused on helping our youth win at life. Because of Antonio, countless young men have experienced a positive role model who greatly influenced their direction and career decisions.

It has been a joy to watch Antonio transition from Fulton County Sheriff, Fulton County Marshal, and now with the opportunity to, hopefully, serve as our next Sheriff of DeKalb County.  He is poised to elevate the Sheriff’s department. The citizens of DeKalb County can vote for one of the most dedicated, well-rounded individuals in our county. His total commitment to our county will serve us well. It is an honor and privilege to, unequivocally, endorse Antonio Johnson for DeKalb County Sheriff.


Rodney Jay Russell


More information about voting in the March 24 election:

The voter registration deadline for the March 24 presidential primary was Feb. 24.

You can look up your status by visiting the Georgia Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page.” To visit the My Voter Page, click here. You can check your status by providing basic information like your last name, birthday and the county you live in. You can also see a sample ballot.

If you find you are not registered and want to be registered in time for the next election, there are a few ways you can get back on the voter rolls.

You can register online with the Secretary of State’s Office by clicking here.

According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, in order to register to vote you must:

– Be a citizen of the United States

– Be a legal resident of the county where you are voting

– Be at least 17 1/2 years of age to register and 18 years of age to vote

– Not be serving a sentence for conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude

– Have not been found mentally incompetent by a judge

For more information about how to register, click here.

People who wish to vote will need to bring one of the following forms of identification, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office:

– Any valid state or federal government-issued photo ID, including a free ID Card issued by your county registrar’s office or the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS)

– A Georgia Driver’s License, even if expired

– Valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state

– Valid U.S. passport ID

– Valid U.S. military photo ID

– Valid tribal photo ID

The county board of registrar’s office is located at 4380 Memorial Drive Suite, 300, Decatur, GA 30032.

Early voting will begin on March 2. Here is a list of advanced voting dates and times from the county Board of Registration and Elections:

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