DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer to Face Challenger

District 1 representative Elaine Boyer will face Larry Danese in Republican primary.

Republican incumbent Elaine Boyer will face opposition within her own party in the race for the District 1 seat on the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners.

Larry Danese will challenge Boyer in the July 31 primary, according to information from the DeKalb County election's office.

Danese served as Kathie Gannon's representative on the county's planning commission before challenging Boyer for the District 1 seat in 2008 as a Democrat.

Boyer won in the general election by a 59 to 41 percent margin.

Both candidates signed up for the partisan race through the county's Republican Party, according to the DeKalb County election's office.

The window to qualify for partisan and non-partisan races closed Friday at noon.

Boyer is not the only incumbent commissioner to face a challenge in the primary. Democrat CEO Burrell Ellis has two Democratic challengers. Jerome Edmondson and Gregory Adams will face Ellis in the primary.

Meanwhile, District 4 incumbent Sharon Barnes-Sutton, D, will Steve Bradshaw and Clyburn Halley in the primary election, according to the DeKalb County election's office.

District 5 incumbent Lee May, D, will face Kenneth Samuel, Gina Mangham and Andre White in the primary.

In District 6, Incumbent Kathie Gannon, D, and Edmond Richardson will face each other in the primary.

Perhaps the most watched issues will be the and the Brookhaven cityhood referendum.

Here are the candidates for other partisan races in DeKalb County: (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent.


Berryl Anderson (I)


John Carter
Debra Deberry (I)
Oretha Brown Johnson
Frank Swindle
Cheryl Vortice

Thomas Brown (I)


Sherry Boston (I)

Claudia Lawson (I)
Melvin Allen Tukes

Michael Caldwell May 29, 2012 at 03:20 PM
How can Mr. Danese now run as a Republican after first running against Ms. Boyer as a Democrat? Does he really think DeKalb Republicans are that stupid? Or has he had a "Road to Damascus" experience where he finally saw the error of his democrat ways?
DunwoodyWorkingMan May 29, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Michael, Danese joins a long list of Democrats who have switched from Dem to Republican. Have you heard of Mike Jacobs, Sonny Perdue, Nathan Deal?
Jason Massad May 29, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Yeah, there isn't anything in election rules that wouldn't allow this.


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