Jester wins District 1 Runoff; Residents of Tucker Gerrymandered Out; Committee Meets to Set Boundaries
Republican Nancy Jester will become DeKalb County’s next commissioner after defeating independent Holmes Pyles in a runoff election Tuesday.
Jester replaces Elaine Boyer, who pleaded guilty to defrauding taxpayers of $93,000 and resigned in August.
She will represent more than 140,000 people in Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody, Tucker and surrounding areas.
Turnout was very low Tuesday, with only 7 percent of registered voters casting ballots.
What more can we say?
If you don't show up to vote, then your vote cannot be counted.
If you are gerrymandered out of your own district, however, then your voice is being stifled on purpose. There are portions of the Tucker community that were specifically drawn out of District 1 prior to the planned takeover/assault on the Tucker community by those in the nearby Lakeside area. It's no coincidence that the area drawn out is also the ONLY area to have actually put candidates on any ballot in an attempt to challenge the leadership for the school board that has historically been held by a person from the now city power craving Lakeside area, which is actually an area that cannot determine where it is actually located or how far it extends.
It's also no coincidence that the new boundaries that have been drawn by the Lakeside group are a mirror of school attendance zones, but they seek to take in the Livsey and Midvale school districts which currently attend Tucker High School. And they continue to claim t he Evansdale district, currently zoned for Lakeside High but part of the latest census designation as part of Tucker.
This is a battle over school zones, obviously. But, no one will talk about their plan for the schools. That's underhanded and sneaky. Unfortunately, that's what Lakeside has turned into. Despite the great kids who go to school there and despite the great families who have worked so hard to build up that school's reputation, the community is allowing handful of rotten eggs to spoil everything. Not just for Tucker. Not just for Lakeside. But, now they are chasing Druid Hills High School and two great elementary schools over to the city of Atlanta. Has anyone calculated what the loss of that revenue will mean to the school system here? Does anyone care about any of this stuff? It's hard to keep track of it all sometimes, but do you know why? Because the process is not being handled by the regular folks in these communities. The process is being led by big business Republicans and political savvy insiders using their knowledge and connections to screw everyone else over because they hate Dekalb, they hate Democrats, they hate Jason Carter, they hate Scott Holcomb and they hate us.
We are watching today as a city that currently does not exist at all tries to take over the small town of historical significance and a committee of five will determine the fate and future of DeKalb.
Here is the link: http://www.house.ga.gov/communications/en-US/VideoBroadcasts.aspx