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DeKalb CEO Ellis Assured Second Term

Burrell Ellis carried a healthy lead over fellow Democrats Gregory Adams and Jerome Edmondson in Tuesday's primary, avoiding a runoff.

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis easily fended off two Democratic challengers to his seat in Tuesday's primary.

The incumbent, first elected CEO in 2008, walked away with more than 60 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff, according to preliminary returns early Wednesday morning, defeating Gregory Adams and Jerome Edmondson. He faces no Republican challengers in the November election, so his primary win is tantamount to victory.

Out of 75,399 votes, Ellis had 45,867, though more than 5,000 absentee votes had yet to be counted.

"We've always talked about making your priorities the priorities of this county. That's what we stand for," Ellis told a room of supporters at about 10:30pm. "Tomorrow we get back to work."

In his campaign, Ellis reminded voters he cut more than $130 million from the county's budget since his election, and he highlighted improvements to local parks and community and senior centers.

Edmondson, a businessman, told voters he wanted to improve county infrastructure and lure business and jobs to the county through public-private partnerships and other ventures. Adams, a pastor and former DeKalb County police officer, said he wanted to improve life for the county's public safety workers, lure jobs and business to DeKalb and cut the county's deficit.

Reached last night around 11pm, Adams said he was confident he could take Ellis to a runoff. Edmondson could not be reached for comment.

bulldogger August 01, 2012 at 12:18 PM
In his campaign, Ellis reminded voters he cut more than $130 million from the county's budget This is something he was forced to do, not something he wanted to do. What about all the waste still there.......what are you gonna do about that, BE?
rgm August 01, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Cutting spending may not be advantageous to the majority of residents. We should cut the waste. However, what is classified as waste must determined by all residents, not just the tea party and wealthy residents. The interests of the haves and the have nots are not the same. Politics determines who gets what, when, where, and how.
Michelle August 01, 2012 at 09:14 PM
@rgm...I agree with your comment. Although we are in the south, I can't believe that in 2012, there are still areas in the city where sidewalks do not exist! (i.e. zip code 30034 Flat Shoals where pedestrians walk and there is a lot of traffic congestion). There's no money in the budget for this but funds can be distributed for bike paths. Bike paths is great for our communities, but where are the county's priorities?
Hank Quinn August 02, 2012 at 02:28 AM
probably Federal incentives for bike trails with a short shelf life. Agree, sidewalks should be a priority on busy roads where most pedestrian traffic occurs such as Flat Shoals, Candler, Memorial Drive, Buford Hwy. Muddy trails along the roads are an obvious indication there is a want and need.
Ms. August 02, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Get back to Mr. Ellis as soon as he's done with his soap box derby track. There are other areas of Dekalb that also need sidewalks (thinking parts of Briarcliff and N. Druid Hills that also have pedestrian traffic and no shoulders) Unfortunately, though Mr. Ellis has done little for constituents, he will continue to get reelected.

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