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DeKalb County's District 5 Still Without ANY Local Representation

Photo credit: The Champion News

On Dec. 23, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners once again could not fill the empty District 5 seat.

Commissioners are divided about how to fill the seat. Commissioners Larry Johnson, Sharon Barnes Sutton and Stan Watson want to approve the nominee by interim CEO Lee May.

Commissioners Kathie Gannon, Nancy Jester and Jeff Rader say they are concerned about the process and don’t want May to appoint his own successor.

The man in the middle of the political impasse is Lithonia resident George Turner Jr., president of the District 5 Community Council and former legislative aide in District 43 of the Georgia State Senate.

The vote on the appointment was deferred on Aug. 12 and Aug. 26. On Sept. 9 there was no vote because there wasn't a second to the motion.

On Sept. 23, Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 9 and Nov. 18 the appointment failed to get the four votes to pass.

For a map of the County Commission Districts, click here.

Full article at The Champion here.

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