Fulton County voters will choose among these candidates on Nov. 2. These local candidates face contested elections. Other candidates face no opposition.

Senate District 38

Beth Beskin

Beth Beskin (R)

Age: 50

Occupation: Attorney; geologist

Educational background: B.S. (Geology), Tulane University; M.S. (Geology), University of New Orleans; J.D., LSU Law School

Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position?

The voters should choose me for this position because I will be accessible and accountable. I pledge to the voters of District 38 that I will vote on every bill that comes before the state Senate. In contrast, my opponent, the incumbent, did not vote on 44 percent of the tax/spending/budget bills that came before the state Senate in ’09-’10. My legal knowledge of ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974) will be invaluable to both health care and pension issues that will come before the Legislature. My geological training and education are directly relevant to the critical water-use issues facing the state. My experience as the mother of two teenagers gives me critical insight into the education and public safety issues facing our state.

Q: What should the state Legislature’s priorities be during the next session?

The state Legislature must address the tax code to foster a business-friendly environment and to relieve the property tax burden on many of our residents. The state Legislature must also continue to enact legislation at the state level to facilitate increased educational performance of students throughout the state, including by continued access to music education.

Horacena Tate

Horacena Tate (D)

Age: 54

Occupation: Trainer/Software Management Training; Education Consultant

Educational background: Clark Atlanta University, Ed.D. Education; Atlanta University, M.Ed. Education; University of Georgia, BS Education; Frederick Douglass HS, Atlanta, GA.

Website: www.HoracenaTate.com

Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position? The 38th District needs to keep experienced and knowledgable representation. As their Senator I have an excellent working relationship with members of both parties and I hold several vital positions that are beneficial towards ensuring the District’s needs are met. As I listen to all of the people I represent, and carefully weigh their comments and concerns so that I can respond in a way that best serves all of their needs. I also provide the opportunity for my voters to be a direct part of the governmental process and encourage them to come work with me on legislation and to see first hand how they can make a difference.

Q: What should be the state Legislature’s priorities during the next session? Every term, the task at hand is to deliver a balanced and fiscally sound budget on behalf of the people of Georgia. I also want to make sure that we are able to continue to deliver the same or improved quality of service – especially in the areas of public safety, education and healthcare. I also will continue to work through the changing economy to help Georgia become more attractive to businesses for job growth and better employment opportunities.

Fulton County Commission
District 1 (at large)

Steve Broadbent

Steve Broadbent (R)

Age: 57

Occupation: Executive benefits consultant

Educational background: B.S., University of Virginia; M.B.A., University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill; Master’s in Public Policy, George Washington University

Website: www.VoteBroadbent.com

Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position?

The Fulton County government is facing some critical and complex challenges in the years ahead, and a new style of leadership is required. Among the many issues, property tax revenues are declining as property assessments are brought in line with current market values. A number of new cities have been created in the county in recent years, yet the county budget has remained relatively unchanged despite the decrease in demand for county services.

Like many Americans, I have become concerned about the reckless spending in the federal government, across many states and in many local governments. Fulton County certainly fits into this category of government spending that is nearly out of control. The county will have spent over 70 percent of its emergency funds in Chairman Eaves’ first term to simply balance the budget. The county must drastically reduce spending to a level less than annual receipts so that we can grow capital reserve accounts.

The current county chairman, backed by a Democrat majority on the commission, has not demonstrated any willingness to be prudent with the taxpayers’ funds. The county is facing a huge property tax increase if we cannot change the leadership of the county commission. We need commission leadership that will restructure the county government, cut spending and cut property taxes.

No one is more capable of taking on complex problems than me. Since my days in college as a nuclear engineering student, I have been taught how to tackle the most complex of problems. This knowledge, along with leadership skills honed as a U.S. Navy commander, a U.S. deputy assistant treasury secretary, and running a complex organization at AT&T, makes me uniquely qualified to transform Fulton County into a smaller and more efficient government.

John H. Eaves

John H. Eaves (D) (I)

Occupation: Assistant Professor of Education and Director of the Higher Education Program at Argosy University

Educational background: I am a graduate of Morehouse College where I earned a degree in mathematics. I earned a master’s degree in religion from Yale University and a doctorate in education administration from the University of South Carolina.

Website: www.electjohneaves.com

Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position?

I am seeking re-election after four successful years as chairman of the Fulton County Commission. We face serious challenges in the next four years – preventing the creation of Milton County, easing congestion in our region, and growing our local economy – and I believe I have the strong, tested leadership to continue to move our county in the right direction. Since assuming the chairmanship in 2007, I have championed and provided leadership in many critical areas. Chief among those is my leadership on the Budget Commission. As chairman, I have authored three balanced budgets without raising property taxes, created a more efficient operation through the elimination of waste, and at the same time saved jobs.

District 2 (at large)

Lori Henry

Lori Henry (R)

Age: 55

Occupation: Retired small business executive, public school teacher and Roswell City Council member

Educational background: B.A.E., Ohio State University

Website: www.electlorihenry.com

Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position?

Because I will never approve deficit spending, unlike the current commission majority, which has gutted the taxpayers’ emergency reserve fund by $100 million in recent years. Because I am the only candidate with a viable plan to increase jobs and reduce foreclosures in Fulton County. Because I am an experienced public servant who also ran a successful business for nine years, and I understand how to control costs and implement a business-firendly environment that will attract businesses and increase our tax base. Because I will change the culture of bickering and dysfunction that permeates the current board of commissioners.

Robert “Robb” L. Pitts

Robert “Robb” L. Pitts (D) (I)

Age: 64

Occupation: Financial advisor

Educational background: Undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degrees in education, business administration, languages and Latin American studies from Ohio University, La Academia Hispanomericana, Kent State University and La Universidad Interamericana. Maste’s degree in business administration from Emory University; studied at Georgia State University.

Website: www.robbpitts.com

Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position?

My combined experience – educational, business and political – qualify me for re-election to the Fulton County Commission District 2 At-Large position. And having served both as a city and county elected official, Atlanta City Council, President of the Atlanta City Council and now as a member of the Board of Commissioners of Fulton County, I have a unique perspective on the issues that matter to our citizens.

My focus has been, and will continue to be, on the financial soundness of Fulton County and to ensure that we retain the high bond ratings and deliver our mandated services in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.

My other priorities for the next term will be to complete the Library Facility Master Plan, implement the findings of the Fulton County Criminal Justice Blue Ribbon Commission, and upgrade our property tax assessment process.

Lastly, I will continue to fight for what is right in a nonpartisan manner and work to keep the title of the “Taxpayers’ Watchdog.”

Nonpartisan elections
Superior Court Judge

Chloe E. Dallaire

Chloe E. Dallaire

Age: 38

Occupation: Experienced litigator of complex cases

Educational background: B.A., Wake Forest University; J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1997; Master’s in Public Health, Georgia State University

Website: www.chloeforjudge.com

Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position?

I am the best choice for this seat because, as a partner in a national trial law firm, I have been exposed to the most complicated and complex legal cases imaginable; and of the candidates in this race, I have the most comprehensive background in handling the broad range of cases that may come before me as judge. I have practiced in federal courts, Georgia state courts and in other jurisdictions such as Florida, Maryland, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee, Alabama, Texas and New York.

The quality and intensity of my practice has provided me with the experience and skills that will be needed to ensure the safety of our families and the protection of our rights as property owners and business owners. I have been prepared and I am ready to assume the responsibilities of Superior Court judge, from day one.

I am a constitutionalist and I will not use the bench to push personal or political agendas, or create legislation; I will not be an advocate judge.

Karlise Yvette Grier

Karlise Yvette Grier

Age: 45

Occupation: Managing attorney, Grier Law Office, P.C.

Educational background: J.D., Emory University School of Law (1992); B.A., Dartmouth College (1986)

Website: www.grierforjudge.com

Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position?

I am the best person for the position based on my prior judicial experience and proven judicial temperament, my history of public service and my broad legal experience.

Clarence R. Johnson Jr.

Clarence R. Johnson Jr.

Age: 52

Occupation: Lawyer

Educational background: B.S., Clark College; J.D., Temple University

Website: www.electclarencejohnson.com

Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position?

I’m the most experienced and qualified. I’ve practiced 25 years, and I’ve practiced in all the areas a superior court judge handles. The rest of the candidates are more specialized. And I can hit the ground running.

Kelly Amanda Lee

Kelly Amanda Lee

Age: 42

Occupation: Attorney and owner of sole practice; most recently, business litigation partner at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

Educational background: B.B.A., University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business; J.D., University of Georgia

Website: www.VoteKellyLee.com

Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position?

Having tried over 30 jury trials as lead counsel and possessing extensive complex commercial litigation experience, I will bring much-needed business litigation and trial experience to our bench. Also, I am the only candidate in this race to have been named as “Well-Qualified” to serve as Judge of the Fulton Superior Court by the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission. As a strict constructionist, I pledge to apply the law as written and not legislate a personal or political agenda from the bench. Furthermore, I will apply efficient and effective case-management practices to timely move both criminal and civil cases and apply harsher sentencing for repeat offenders and those persons who have committed violent crimes.

Shelitha Robertson

Shelitha Robertson

Age: 48

Occupation: Managing attorney for Robertson and Associates, a full-service boutique that specializes in criminal and civil litigation.

Educational background: B.S., Brenau College; J.D., Atlanta Law School.

Website: www.electsrobertson.com

Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position?

I have over 30 years of experience in the public safety and legal fields. As a police officer I enforced and prosecuted the law; as a public defender I defended the law; and as a city attorney I drafted the law. As the next Superior Court judge of Fulton County, I have the necessary experience to interpret the law.

(I) Identifies and incumbent. (D) and (R) indicate Democrat and Republican.