North DeKalb voters return to the polls on Dec. 2 to choose a new county commissioner.

Republican Nancy Jester and Independent Holmes E. Pyles meet in a runoff election to determine which of them will succeed former District 1 DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer, who resigned shortly before federal authorities accused her of misusing county money.

Jester, of Dunwoody, and Pyles, of Stone Mountain, finished in the top two positions in a five-candidate race on Nov. 4. Pyles received 9,184 votes, or 26 percent of the votes cast, while Jester collected 8,617 votes, or 25 percent of the total.

Georgia law requires a runoff when no candidate gets more than half the votes cast in an election.

Commission District 1 covers much of the northern end of DeKalb County. To find out where you vote, go to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website at

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.

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