Dunwoody voters will go to the polls July 31 to choose Democrat and Republican nominees who will run in the general election in November. Voters also will express their preferences on whether a 1-cent sales tax should be imposed to pay for transportation projects in a 10-county region of metro Atlanta.
Here are candidates who face contested races on July 31 primary ballots.
Republican primary
DeKalb County Commission District 1
Elaine Boyer

Elaine Boyer (I)

Occupation: Small business owner
Prior public service: Has held seat on commission since 1992.
Community she lives in: Smokerise
Why she is running for office: Boyer says she is committed to “limiting the tax burden, reducing the size of government, fighting for constituents, and keeping families safe.” Her website says she “knows what residents want because before each vote, she reviews the proposal, talks with constituents and determines if the plan meets that litmus test. This is a mark of a true conservative – one who seeks to get government out of the way of the taxpayer, the business owner, and the entrepreneur.”
For more information:  www.commissionerboyer.com
Larry Danese

Larry Danese

Occupation: Small business owner; retired operations manager and registered engineer.
Prior public service: Elected and appointed member of DeKalb Soil and Water Conservation District; member of DeKalb Planning Commission; various DeKalb citizen committees including zoning code rewrite and President of the Silver Lake Civic Association.
Community he lives in: Murphey Candler
Why he is running for office: “We have the opportunity to change the dynamics of the board of commissioners, without the loss of core values – fiscal conservancy, a balanced budget, and the opposition to tax increases – that we all expect and demand. What we can, and will, change are the barriers that have arisen that frustrate the cooperation between commissioners themselves, and between the commissioners and the chief executive office, that is necessary to move the county forward.”
For more information: www.electlarrydanese.org
Democratic primary
U.S. House of Representatives District 6
Jeff Kazanow

Jeff Kazanow

Occupation: Businessman
Prior public service: Active with homeowners association in Marietta
Community he lives in: Cobb County
Why he is running for office: “It is time to restore sanity to Congress. We need to act now to continue bringing this country out of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.”
For more information: www.kazanowforcongress.com
Robert Montigel

Robert  Montigel

Occupation: Small business owner
Prior public service: Volunteer on the Washington Township, N.J, Environmental Commission and the Municipal Utilities Authority
Community he lives in:  Roswell
Why he is running for office: “I want to give voters a choice, a chance to change Congress. … We need to elect members of Congress who, like the Founding Fathers, are both principled and willing to compromise.  … Politicians are often more concerned about how they will be graded by special interest groups than what is best for the country. Only voters can change this by electing principled and reasonable candidates who will represent the public they serve, and not special interest groups. I am running to offer the voting public a chance to change Congress.”
For more information: www.iamfi.com
DeKalb County CEO
Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams

Occupation: Entrepreneur/clergyman
Prior public service: Police officer
Community he lives in: Stone Mountain
Why he is running for office: “I decided to run for this office because of the continuing problems facing DeKalb that the current CEO evidently cannot remedy. The lack of cooperation between the executive branch and the legislative branch in matters that define DeKalb’s vision and direction exacerbates systemic problems that are eating away at the core strengths of DeKalb. My mother taught me that if you see a problem or a pending danger affecting you or your family’s lives, you must rise up, call upon God, seek out others and work together to make it right. I must act, because it is critical to my family’s and our neighbors’ future to fix our problems and fix them now. I want to rebuild DeKalb, unite north and south DeKalb, and reduce youth crime and dropout rates by focusing on youth development. I am seeking all those who want to work together for a better DeKalb to join with us and together, we will succeed.”
For more information: www.gregoryadamsforceo.com
Jerome Edmondson

Jerome Edmondson

Occupation: Owner, Entrepreneur Development Network; President,
Edmondson Associates Business Advisors
Prior public service: None
Community he lives in: Lithonia
Why he is running for office: “I think our communities deserve better. That’s why I’ve called my campaign “DeKalb Deserves Better.” I want to create a philosophy of leadership. DeKalb is in crisis. And it cannot afford four more years of dysfunctional government. There is an irreparable relationship between the commission and the CEO, and I want to bring unity and a sense of pride and leadership for the people back to governing. … I’m giving this county back to the people.”
For more information: www.electedmondson.com
Burrell Ellis

Burrell Ellis (I)

Occupation: CEO of DeKalb County; Lawyer
Prior public service: DeKalb County Commission
Community he lives in: Stone Mountain
Why he is running for office: “Since becoming your CEO, I have economized and prioritized, cutting $130 million in spending. We right-sized and restructured more than any other local government in the metro area. We made hard choices. We rescued the county’s credit rating, saving taxpayers’ dollars. Through our “ONE DeKalb” initiatives, we are restoring neighborhoods by making foreclosed homes available for police officers, firefighters and teachers; we are creating over 4,500 new jobs as we upgrade our water and sewer system; we have secured over $60 million in federal and state funding for streetscape improvements on our major thoroughfares; and we have constructed a new renewable energy facility to convert landfill waste into cheaper natural gas fuel for our automobiles. We are utilizing partnerships to make the best use of your resources. The results: two new recreation centers, eight improved parks, and eight new or improved libraries throughout all of DeKalb County. This year, we will begin or complete construction on two new police precincts and three new senior centers.”
For more information: www.burrellellis.com
DeKalb County Commission District 6
Kathie Gannon

Kathie Gannon (I)

Occupation: Retired social worker who founded Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates; Consultant with Community Advocacy Associates
Prior public service:  Completing a second term as commissioner; former member of the DeKalb County Planning Commission; former member of the Community Council
Community she lives in: Decatur
Why she is running for office: “I am uniquely qualified to continue to serve in this position based upon my accomplishments. I listen to all of my constituents. I have consistently pushed for police and fire as the top priority in our budgets. I have increased citizen participation in community development throughout the county in ways that protect our neighborhoods; brought you curbside recycling; and pushed through approvals for development of a compressed natural gas facility that made DeKalb the southeast leader in conversion of “trash to gas and now to cash” at our landfill which will save us millions of dollars. I work to bring all of our citizens and stakeholders together to assure a process that is open and inclusive.  I want to continue this positive agenda while I push to focus on essential services and control costs; improve commercial districts; target jobs for DeKalb; and grow the local economy.  The job is not done. Hard choices remain. I want to keep your voice at the table.”
For more information:  www.votekathiegannon.com
Edmond J Richardson

Edmond Richardson

Occupation: Chief of Staff for DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May
Community he lives in: Ellenwood
Why he is running for office: “Mr. Richardson believes District 6 needs a commissioner that is in touch with all of our communities. A commissioner that is committed to: financial transparency, efficiency and effectiveness, real progress on regional transportation investments, the protection of the vulnerable, and working to ensure safe, livable neighborhoods.”
For more information: http://richardsonfordekalb.com
Sources: candidates’ campaign websites, candidates’ responses