North DeKalb lawmakers appeared to  hold their own against challengers from within their own party during the primary elections May 20.

Also, in the nonpartisan special elections also conducted May 20, incumbent Sheriff Jeff Mann faced a runoff with former DeKalb CEO Vernon in the race to succeed former Sheriff Tom Brown. DeKalb school board member Marshall Orson held more than 60 percent of the vote in his race against Don McChesney.

Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Brookhaven) collected three-fourths of the Republican Primary vote in his contest with Catherine S. Bernand, according to unofficial election returns reported on the Georgia Secretary of State. Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) received nearly two-thirds of the vote in his Republican Primary race against James Bradley “Brad” Goodchild.

Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) collected more than three-fourths of the votes cast in the Republican Primary in his race against challenger Dick Anderson. The winner will face Democrat Tamara Johnson, who captured nearly 70 percent of the Democratic Primary vote over opponent Benedict Truman.

Here are the unofficial election returns in contested races as reported on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website or the DeKalb County elections website.

State Senate, District 40

Democratic Primary

Tamara Y. Johnson                                    69 %

Benedict I. Truman II                                 31 %

Republican Primary

Richard D. “Dick” Anderson                      23 %

Fran Millar (I)                                             77 %

State Senate, District 42

Democratic Primary

Elena Parent                            62 %

R. Kyle Williams                     38 %

State House of Representatives, District 79

Republican Primary

James Bradley “Brad” Goodchild         28 %

Thomas K.  “Tom” Taylor                       72 %

State House of Representatives, District 80

Republican Primary

Catherine S. Bernard                                  25 %

Michael J. “Mike” Jacobs (I)                       75 %

Nonpartisan special election


Dale Bernard Collins     4%

Ted Golden                    4%

Tony Hughes                 6%

Vernon Jones                 22%

Melody Maddox            7 %

Jeff Mann (I)                  40%

Melvin Mitchell              14%

LaSalle Smith Sr.             2 %

DeKalb County Board of Education, District 2

Don McChesney            39 %

Marshall Orson (I)         61 %

(I)               marks incumbent

Joe Earle

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