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Metro Atlanta runoff elections: Mayoral, council races decided Tuesday
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Metro Atlanta runoff elections: Mayoral, council races decided Tuesday

Metro Atlanta runoff elections: Mayoral, council races decided Tuesday
Photo Credit: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A sign, “Wait here to vote,” is shown as a voter walks toward voting booths during the Georgia runoff election at the North Fulton Government Service Center Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Sandy Springs, Ga. There have been an increase in election challenges in Fulton County in 2019. (JASON GETZ/SPECIAL TO THE AJC) AJC FILE PHOTO

Metro Atlanta runoff elections: Mayoral, council races decided Tuesday

Voters in a handful of metro Atlanta communities will hit the polls again on Tuesday, deciding runoff races for key municipal positions.

The contests include five mayoral races and 11 city council spots that weren’t quite decided during the Nov. 5 elections, usually because a large number of candidates meant nobody won a majority of the votes cast — in such instances, the top two vote-getters proceed to a runoff.

In the case of one Smyrna council race, a re-vote was triggered because both candidates garnered the exact same number of votes.

Voters should check that they live within the limits of their respective cities before heading to the polls Tuesday.

Visit ajc.com for post-election results.

Clayton County

College Park

Mayor: Bianca Motley Broom and Jack Longino (I)

Morrow

Mayor: Jeff DeTar (I) and John Lampl

City Council Post 4: Larry Ferguson (I) and Khoa Vuong

Cobb County

Smyrna

Mayor: Derek Norton and Ryan Campbell

City Council Ward 2 (re-vote): Andrea Blustein (I) and Austin Wagner

DeKalb County

Doraville

Mayor: Joseph Geierman and Donna Pittman (I)

Stonecrest

City Council District 5: Tammy Grimes and Dave Marcus

Fayette County

Fayetteville

City Council Post 2: Kathaleen Brewer (I) and Joe Clark

Fulton County

College Park

Mayor: Bianca Motley Broom and Jack Longino (I)

Johns Creek

City Council Post 2: Dilip Tunki and Brian Weaver

City Council Post 4: Chris Coughlin (I) and Marybeth Cooper

City Council Post 6: Erin Elwood and Issure C. Yang

Roswell

City Council Post 3: Christine Hall and Lisa Holland

Gwinnett County

Braselton

Town Council District 1: Richard Mayberry and Becky Richardson (I)

Norcross

City Council at-large: Bruce Gaynor and Tyler Hannel

Snellville

City Council Post 2: Solange Destang and Brittany Marmol

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  • Atlanta police released a new video and surveillance photos from its investigation into the shooting death of an 8-year-old girl. According to WSB-TV, Secoriea Turner was shot while riding in a car with her mother and her mother’s friend Saturday night. The shooting happened not far from the Wendy’s on University Avenue where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed last month. The video shows a Black man in a white shirt carrying what police identified as an AR-15. Lt. Pete Malecki said the man is just one of several persons of interest in the case. “We believe there is going to be a minimum of three additional suspects. That number could change,” he said. “Although we have a lot of work to identify the remaining individuals responsible, this is the first step in that process.” Investigators said Secoriea Turner was riding in a Jeep Cherokee Saturday night when the driver tried to get around a “makeshift roadblock that was manned by numerous armed individuals.” Malecki said they believe the shots were fired intentionally into the car. At a news conference Sunday, Secoriea Turner’s mother said that her daughter died in her arms. “She was only 8 years old,” Charmaine Turner said. “She would have been on Tik Tok dancing on her phone, just got done eating. We understand the frustration of Rayshard Brooks. We didn’t have anything to do with that. We’re innocent. My baby didn’t mean no harm.” Secoriya Williamson, Secoriea Turner’s father, also spoke out. “They say Black lives matter,” Williamson said. “You killed your own this time. You killed a child. She didn’t do nothing to nobody.” Police are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to Secoriea Turner’s killers. Information can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.StopCrimeATL.com. Hours following the police news conference, the community came together for a prayer vigil.
  • A 17-month-old girl was killed in a pit bull attack last weekend during a Fourth of July party in Illinois, authorities said. According to The Associated Press and WMAQ-TV, the incident occurred early Sunday in the bedroom of a family friend's Joliet home. The toddler, whose parents were attending a holiday gathering at the residence, was in a playpen when two dogs somehow got free from the basement, Joliet police said. After hearing a noise, the homeowner went into the bedroom to find one of the two dogs – both pit bull mixes – biting the child, the AP reported. Authorities responded to the home shortly before 1:30 a.m. and found the girl unresponsive with multiple bite wounds, the Herald-News reported. Crews rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she later died. The Will County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Marley Wilander, according to the newspaper. The dog is now in the custody of Animal Control, police said.  – The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. was hospitalized briefly after suffering a fall last month at a Maryland country club, a Supreme Court spokesperson confirmed Tuesday night. Roberts, 65, required an overnight stay, The Washington Post reported. Roberts suffered the fall June 21 at the Chevy Chase Club in Maryland and required stitches, the newspaper reported. He was released from an area hospital after staying overnight for observation. “The Chief Justice was treated at a local hospital on June 21 for an injury to his forehead sustained in a fall while walking for exercise near his home,” Kathleen Arberg, public information officer for the Supreme Court, said in a statement. “The injury required sutures, and out of an abundance of caution, he stayed in the hospital overnight and was discharged the next morning. His doctors ruled out a seizure. They believe the fall was likely due to light-headedness caused by dehydration.” Roberts experienced seizures in 1993 and 2007, the Post reported. Roberts has not publicly mentioned the hospitalization.
  • Mary Kay Letourneau, a Washington state teacher convicted of having sex with her 12-year-old student 23 years ago and later marrying him, died of cancer Monday, her attorney said. Attorney David Gehrke said Letourneau was 58. Letourneau was teaching at Shorewood Elementary School in Burien when she raped her sixth-grade student, Vili Fualaau, in June 1996, KIRO-TV reported. Police discovered Letourneau and Fualaau, then 12, in a minivan parked at the Des Moines Marina. Letourneau said the boy was 18. The two were taken to a police station and later released. At that time, Letourneau was a married 34-year-old mother of four. On Feb. 25, 1997, following a tip, police interviewed Fualaau. Letourneau was pulled out of a teacher’s meeting and arrested for statutory rape. In August 1997, in an agreement with prosecutors, Letourneau pleaded guilty to child rape in exchange for a 3-month jail sentence and probation. Judge Linda Lau accepted the deal on condition that Letourneau have no contact with Fualaau. By that time, Letourneau had given birth to a girl fathered by Fualaau. Letourneau and Fualaau were married in Woodinville on May 20, 2005. after she was released from prison. At that time, Letourneau was 43 and Fualaau was 22. Fualaau filed for separation in 2017, and a divorce was finalized last year. The couple had two children together.
  • A Kentucky man, apparently frustrated by losing to his son in an arm-wrestling contest, is in jail after the defeats led to a shooting and an eight-hour standoff with police, authorities said. Curtis Zimmerman, 55, was intoxicated when he challenged his son to an arm-wrestling contest, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office said. After losing several times to his son, the man became “agitated” and got into a fight, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. The man grabbed a gun and fired two shots into the ceiling as his son was going upstairs in the house, Sgt. Philip Ridgell of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. After two people left the house safely, Zimmerman refused to come out of the house when asked by deputies, WKYT reported. According to Ridgell, an eight-hour standoff ensued between Zimmerman and deputies and members of the Florence Police Department SWAT team. Finally, around 8:30 a.m., Zimmerman surrendered and was taken into custody around 830 a.m., the Herald-Leader reported. After a hospital evaluation, Zimmerman is expected to be charged with one count of wanton endangerment, a first-degree, Class D felony, the Sheriff’s Office said. Zimmerman’s arrest warrant lists a $5,000 cash bond, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
  • — A Missouri summer camp closed one of its eight sites Monday after a novel coronavirus outbreak sickened at least 82 campers, counselors and staff. The Stone County Health Department confirmed the spike in infections linked to the Kanakuk K-2 Camp in Lampe, Missouri, which offers two- and four-week sessions for campers ages 13 to 18, The Kansas City Star reported. “The decision to close has resulted in all campers, counselors and staff to return to their homes,” the health department stated. Of the 82 confirmed cases, 31 of the patients who tested positive for COVID-19 were tested at the camp and the rest were tested at home, KOLR reported. According to KYTV, nearly 5,000 campers from 10 different states have already cycled through Kamp Kanakuk sessions this summer. Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, told KYTV the site is responding with testing for all staffers. Once infected staffers are isolated and test negative for COVID-19, abbreviated sessions will be considered. Pam Burnett, administrator of Stone County Health Department, told KOLR that the majority of the documented cases are from outside the area, and those individuals have already returned to their home states. Her office is working with the patients’ local health departments to continue monitoring their statuses.