Brookhaven voters will go to the polls July 31 to decide whether to create a new city in the area and whether a 1-cent sales tax should be imposed to pay for transportation projects in a 10-county region of metro Atlanta. Voters also will choose nominees for the Democratic and Republican parties who will run in the general election in November.
Here are candidates who face contested races on July 31 primary ballots.
Republican ballot
Georgia House of Representatives District 81
Chris Boedeker

Chris Boedeker

Occupation: Attorney
Prior public service: Resource development for the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta; created the Lilburn Community Improvement District, where local property owners control how their tax dollars are spent.
Community he lives in: Drew Valley
Why he is running for office: “I have watched over the years as our state representatives have used public office to pursue their own self-interests. What we need now is a servant-leader guided by conservative principles. I will start by restoring the free market principles of limited government and individual responsibility to Georgia’s state government.”
For more information: www.chrisboedeker.com 
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Carla Roberts

Carla Roberts

Occupation: Surgeon
Community she lives in: DeKalb County
Why she is  running for office: “Georgia needs leaders to step up to the plate and produce solutions that can get the state and its citizens back on track while keeping with the limited government example of Ronald Reagan.”
For more information: www.carlaroberts.org
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 web page 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 ballot
U.S. House of Representatives District 6
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Jeff Kazanow

Jeff Kazanow