Runoff elections complete Stonecrest’s first government

April 20, 20175min2380
Testingfg of Ads

Voters in the newly-formed city of Stonecrest have decided who will lead their first government. They elected Rob Turner, District 2; George Turner, Jr., District 4, and Diane Daniels Adoma, District 5 in the April 18 special election runoffs, wrapping up elections in the city. The two Turners elected to the five-member Stonecrest City Council are not related.

In one of the most hotly-contested and nationally publicized races in the special election, Mary-Pat Hector, a 19-year-old Spelman College sophomore, narrowly lost her challenge to George Turner, a retired MARTA executive. Hector received 845 votes. Turner received 867.

In February, Turner had challenged Hector’s eligibility to run, saying she was not 21. The DeKalb Board of Registrations and Elections, however, ruled to allow her name to be placed on the ballot after Hector and several supporters spoke during the board’s packed hearing. In addition to supporters who spoke at the hearing, Hector, who is the Youth Director for the National Action Network, drew support from the Rev. Al Sharpton, who heads the network.

Hector placed second in a five-way race on March 21, which resulted in a run-off when none of the candidates received more than 50 percent of the vote.    

The date has not yet been set for the swearing-in ceremony for the three runoff winners. They will join Jazzmin Cobble, District 3, Jimmy Clanton, Jr., District 1, and Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary, who were all elected on March 21 and sworn into office in a private ceremony on March 27 by DeKalb County Judge Ronald Ramsey.

Lary said a public swearing-in ceremony is being planned for those elected to the newly-formed city.

  DeKalb elections officials reported that 18.25 percent—3,768— of 20,643 registered voters in the new city of 50,000 residents cast ballots in the runoffs.

Here is a breakdown of the preliminary run-off results, which must be certified by the DeKalb elections officials:  


District 2

Rob Turner, 437 votes (53.10%)

Plez A. Joyner, 386 votes (46.90%)


District 4

George Turner, Jr., 867 votes (50.64%)

Mary-Pat Hector, 845 votes (49.36%)


District 5

Diane D. Adoma, 662 votes (54.40%)

Tammy L. Grimes, 555 votes (45.60%)

On Common Ground News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Testingfg of Ads

About us

On Common Ground News is published daily by On Common Ground, Inc (OCGNEWS.COM). The newspaper serves DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale and Metro Atlanta.

The opinions expressed by writers and contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher or the newspaper’s advertisers.

No portion of this newspaper may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of the publisher.

We reserve the right to reject material and advertisements we deem inappropriate.

On Common Ground News
P.O. Box 904
Lithonia, GA 30058

(770) 679-5607

Latest News

Select list(s) to subscribe to

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: On Common Ground News, 1240 Sigman Road, Conyers, GA, 30012, You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact