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Blacks on bikes: Club promotes cycling in metro Atlanta

by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com


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years and into serious cycling since Masterson said. You dont have to do the early 1980s. it fast. Legend has it I was born on a Masterson, a database administrahat began with eight bicycle, said Jennett, who rides aptor at the Federal Reserve Bank, said Black south DeKalb cyproximately 4,500 miles per year. MACC always tries to be an inclusive clists in 1984 has grown I just enjoy cycling tremendousgroup. into a 61-member Atlanta ly, its almost like a cure-all for me, In some rides, people take off cycling organization. who added MACC is almost like a and if you cant keep up, thats it, The Metro Atlanta Cycling Club home away from home. Masterson said. We try to look out (MACC), a predominantly Black Youre fully accepted for who for people so that people dont get left group of male and female cyclists, ex- you areand theres always somebehind. ists to promote cycling in the Black body there to help you, Jennett said. In addition to sponsoring monthly community and build camaraderie Jennett, a foreman in the automat- rides, MACC sponsors a fundraiser among all cyclists, said Greg Masic train control department of MARride called the One Love Century, terson, MACCs president. TA, said he has heard of turmoil in which has raised $5,000-$11,000 each At first we were pretty much a other cycling groups that led to splits. year for the past six years. group of guys that rode together, said Weve managed to stay togethProceeds go to promote inner city Masterson, who has been a member er, Jennett said. Its like a big happy cycling. MACC has raised money for since 1989. MACC started at the now- family. Its a wonderful organization. the youth cycling programs at the Dick closed Yellow Jersey Bicycle Shop, Jennett said the health benefits of Lane Velodrome in East Point and for a Black-owned bicycle shop in south cycling are tremendous. the East Atlanta Kids Club, an afterDeKalb from 1984-1992. Its a good healthy lifestyle and school program that puts on a bike Although the group is open to theres always somebody [in the club] rally. cyclists throughout Atlanta, approxito encourage you, Jennett said. Its a For TaVona Boggs, who began mately 50 percent of the club members good way of staying fit. cycling a year ago, MACC offers caare from DeKalb County, Masterson My goal is a century on my cenmaraderie and a chance to learn from said. tury, Jennett said. When I get to be more experienced riders. Throughout the month, MACC 100 years old, I want to do a 100-mile And I feel like I have more prohas various rides including womenbike ride. Hanging out with MACC, I tection, Boggs said. Theres safety only rides. Beginners rides are from might get there. in numbers. seven to 20 miles and there are 30- to To become a member of MACC, Its very easy to lose an elbow 60-mile rides for advanced riders. cyclists must be able to remove the when a car drives by, Boggs said. Its There are also impromptu rides front or rear wheel and replace a tube, another thing when you have a group that usually leave from the Kensington and comfortably be able to perform of 20 riders. [Drivers] tend to have MARTA station. left and right turn signals and stop sig- more respect. These are kind of the Breakfast nals. Cyclists must also be able to look Boggs, who has been a MACC Club rides, said Masterson, who over the left or right shoulder to check member since January, said relationcycles 3,000-4,000 miles per year. traffic and ride with either hand while ships she has built with cycling club Other rides start at Miller Grove drinking from a water bottle. members provide additional motivaMiddle School, Stone Mountain Park, Within a year of applying for tion to ride. Arabia Mountain and Smyrnas Silver membership, which has a $30 annual Blacks on bikes is not something Comet trail. fee, cyclists must complete seven that you see very much, Boggs said. MACC member Larry Jennett rides, accompanied by three or more Blacks being active and having an acBecause she gets her news updates online from the see. said the group, whichherthe only is news updates online from the The Champion. members. tive lifestyle is not something we The Champion. Because she gets of which he hardcore cycling club her news updates onlinedo thatthethat everybody gets We from so The Champion. When I want to be a couch poBecause she gets has been a member, is very enjoyto know everybody, Masterson said. tato, inevitably somebody is going to able. Potential members must also com- call me and say, Hey, are you going Jennett has been a member of the plete a 50-mile bike ride. on that ride today? Boggs said. www.facebook.com/championnewspaper organization for approximately 20 To do 50 miles, youre a cyclist,





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The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 13, 2012

DeKalb officer learns lessons after off-duty crash

by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com DeKalb County Police Officer Chase Trammell grinned when asked what lessons he has learned in the 360 days after an off-duty car accident nearly killed him. Trammell fell asleep at the wheel while on the 75-minute drive from the North DeKalb precinct where he works to his home in White County. The biggest thing that Ive learned is to always, always, whenever you have the opportunity to help somebody out, do itwhether you have the money or not, whether you have the means or notbecause you never know when its going to be you in that situation, Trammell said. You never know when the good Lord is going to say, Im going to put you through this trial and Im going to test your faith, Trammell said. Another lesson he learned is definitely dont sleep and drive. That day I broke the routine, Trammell said. Im definitely not going to let that happen again. After working a standard ing people out, Trammell said. I handle every call as if [this] was my mom or dad. At the end of every ticket I write, my goal is to have people thank me, Trammell said. You kill people with kindness. Although the accident and subsequent medical care nearly caused him to be evicted, Trammell said he kept a positive attitude. No matter what happens Im always going to be taken care of by the man upstairs, Trammell said. You cant just give up your faith because youre going through something bad. Trammell said his fiance Britny Vanderstelt supported him throughout the ordeal. Shes been a trooper, Trammell said. The couple are planning to get married in September at the R Ranch in Dahlonega in an outdoor wedding. Trammell said his troubles made him more and more grateful every day. You never know when your number is going to be called, Trammell said.

After taking a year to recuperate from an off-duty car accident, DeKalb Police officer Chase Trammell said he has learned his lesson: Definitely dont sleep and drive. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

12-hour shift on June 19, 2011, Trammell skipped his routine nap before driving home. It was Fathers Day and he wanted to spend time with his dad. Driving on Long Branch Road in Dahlonega, Trammell fell asleep at the wheel and veered off the road. Quickly waking up, Trammell struggled to regain control

of his vehicle, but his vehicle went into a deep embankment, hit a tree, which fell across the car. Contrary to popular belief, no matter how hard you blow the horn at trees, they dont move out of the way, Trammell said. They just dont care. They just let you hit them.

From the accident, Trammell received two broken femurs, four cracked vertebrae, a broken clavicle, a puncture to his left lung and seven broken ribs. He remained hospitalized for approximately two months. A year and 13 surgeries later, Trammell returned June 12 to the job he loves. I just generally like help-

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The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 13, 2012

State Supreme Court rules in 2009 DeKalb hotel robbery lawsuit
In a case stemming from a 2009 robbery at a DeKalb hotel, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that juries can be apportioned among all the parties at fault, including criminals and a hotel owner that does not keep guests safe. The rules of statutory construction, including reliance on ordinary word meanings, dictate that an assailant who evades hotel security to intentionally abduct, rob and assault a hotel guest is, at the very least, partially at fault for the brutal injuries inflicted by the assailant on that guest, Justice Harold Melton wrote for the majority in the 5-2 ruling published July 9. As a party at fault, such an assailant must be included with others who may be at fault, e.g., the property owner in a premises liability action, for purposes of apportioning damages among all wrongdoing parties, Melton wrote. The case stems from a lawsuit filed in federal court by Nairobi Couch, who was attacked and robbed by unknown assailants in August 2009 while staying at the Red Roof Inn motel on North Druid Hills Road and Buford Highway in Atlanta. Couch sued the hotels owners for negligently failing to keep their premises safe and failing to provide adequate security. None of Couchs attackers have ever been identified. The hotels owners filed a notice of their intent to argue fault of non-party under a recently amended Georgia law, arguing that their responsibility for damages should be decreased in whole or in part due to the fault of the criminals who attacked Couch. In response, Couch filed a motion challenging the apportionment, or divvying up, of damages and challenging the statute as unconstitutional. The case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, which asked the state Supreme Court to answer two questions related to Georgia law before ruling on Couchs motion. Justice Robert Benham dissented, arguing that Georgias common law prohibits the consideration of intentional conduct in assessing damages.
420-322953 7/12,7/19,7/26,8/2 NOTICE OF SALE UNDER POWER GEORGIA, DEKALB COUNTY Because of default in the payment of the indebtedness, secured by a Security Deed executed by Chudney Farr to Fleet National Bank dated December 11, 2000 in the amount of $129,229.00, and recorded in Deed Book 11769, Page 714, DeKalb County, Georgia Records; as last transferred to JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association by assignment; the undersigned, JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association pursuant to said deed and the note thereby secured, has declared the entire amount of said indebtedness due and payable and pursuant to the power of sale contained in said deed, will on the first Tuesday in August, 2012 , during the legal hours of sale, at the Courthouse door in DeKalb County, sell at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash, the property described in said deed to-wit: All that tract or parcel of land lying and being in Land Lot 219 of the 16th District of DeKalb County, Georgia, being Lot 3, Block C, Providence Point Subdivision, Unit 1, as per plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 116, Pages 1 and 2, DeKalb County Records, which plat is incorporated herein by reference. which has the property address of 7888 Providence Point Way, Lithonia, Georgia., together with all fixtures and other personal property conveyed by said deed. The sale will be held subject to any unpaid taxes, assessments, rights-of-way, easements, protective covenants or restrictions, liens, and other superior matters of record which may affect said property. The sale will be conducted subject (1) to confirmation that the sale is not prohibited under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and (2) to final confirmation and audit of the status of the loan with the holder of the security deed. Notice has been given of intention to collect attorneys' fees in accordance with the terms of the note secured by said deed. Said property will be sold as the property of Chudney Farr and Rolando Dishon Burse and the proceeds of said sale will be applied to the payment of said indebtedness, the expense of said sale, all as provided in said deed, and the undersigned will execute a deed to the purchaser as provided in the aforementioned Security Deed. JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association Attorney in Fact for Chudney Farr McCurdy & Candler, L.L.C. (404) 373-1612 www.mccurdycandler.com The Champion Newspaper Publication Dates:07-12-2012, 07-19-2012, 07-26-2012, 08-02-2012 File No. 10-16685 /FHA/lseymore THIS LAW FIRM IS ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR AND IS ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

Two views of a south Decatur HUD dollar home; from 1978 and 2012. Photos provided

Historian remembers Decaturs dollar homes

113 of the houses. Rotenstein said one of the main reasons some neighborhoods in south In 1974 Decatur was Decatur had fallen into chosen as a pilot city to participate in a new federal disrepair during the 1960s and early 1970s was beprogram enacted to revitalize blighted neighborhoods. cause prior to 1966, the area The program stemmed from known today as Oakhurst a relatively simple idea: was undergoing rapid genselling foreclosed homes for trification. a dollar. By the mid-1970s, the Local historian David U.S. Department of HousRotenstein said, at that ing and Urban Development time, many homes in south (HUD) was south Decaturs Decatur were falling into largest residential property disrepair because some who owner and property manmoved into the newly genager. Titles to more than trified area were unprepared 100 vacant homes in HUDs for home ownership. portfolio were transferred The program was into the Decatur Housing tended to bring a new set of Authority and 113 of those homeowners into the comhomes were sold to new munity and the skills and owners for a dollar. resources to improve their Urban homesteading was houses and their commuauthorized under the same nity, Rotenstein said. The legislation that created comfollowing year Decatur sold munity development block by Daniel Beauregard daniel@deklabchamp.com grants. Together, these two acts enabled the rehabilitation of residential properties throughout south Decatur and improvements to McKoy and Oakhurst parks. Additionally, the homesteading act and community development grants enabled the areas first streetscape improvement project to take place in the newly rebranded Oakhurst business district. Now the area looks much different and Rotenstein said many of the dollar homes have disappeared to make way for new houses. The program was more successful in Decatur than it was in other cities, Rotenstein said. However, many of these older homes are now being torn down to make way for newer homes being built by younger people moving into the area.

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Monkey business
of criminal activity followed by the statistics he cited which included more than 200 fire calls and nearly half a dozen murders in the last decade. But the monkey comment is what came to his mind and flowed through his fingertips like second nature. The comment has enraged residents across the county and many are calling for Cornells ouster from a job for which he has not been confirmed. CEO Burrell Ellis seemingly dismisses the issue at least publicly. He said in a statement: Mr. Cornell has explained that his statement was not intended to be racially offensive and, given that he has no record of racial insensitivity, I believe him. Nonetheless, he has received counseling regarding terms that have historical negative connotations and the perception by some that his statement could be received in a manner other than what he intended. Mr. Cornell has apologized to his coworkers, the community and to me, and I have accepted his apology and believe that no further action is required at this time. Gary Cornell is a pleasant enough guy. But he is old enough to know better. Monkeys have long been the animal of choice to degrade people of African descent. Famed ABC sportscaster Howard Cosell, a friend to many African American athletes, was fired on the spot in 1983 for his look at that monkey run gaffe on air. In 1993, employees and civil rights groups protested and picketed AT&T headquarters in Atlanta over the picture of a monkey used to represent African customers while humans were used to portray customers in other parts of the world. This past May, a prominent UCLA surgeon filed suit over a denigrating picture of his head photo-shopped onto the body of a gorilla. It was passed around as a joke by some of his fellow physicians. The height of insult is the depiction of President Obama with monkey-like features in some right-wing publications. Cornell holds a very responsible position in county government. He has supervision of dozens of African Americans. DeKalb County is overwhelmingly African American. At his level and with his influence, even Stevie Wonder could see the inappropriateness of his comment and the firestorm it would spark. Cornell has apologized. The CEO says essentially the matter is closed. But, Cornell has opened an old, ugly wound that cannot be dismissed with a mere apology. The apology said it all. Clearly, I had no intent to be racially discriminatory to anybody, and I apologize for any offense it would have created. That was certainly not in my heart or my mind, he said. The comment was not racially discriminatory. It was indicative of a bigoted mindset, one deeply imbedded in the psyche that comes to the fore as easily as reciting ones ABCs. The fact that Cornell apparently doesnt know any better in 2012 is serious cause for pause. At the very least he should be suspended and required to undergo sensitivity training. And since he has not been confirmed, this might be a good time for the CEO to heed the call of his constituents and make some very necessary personnel adjustments to set the tone for the next four years. Steen Miles, The Newslady, is a retired journalist and former Georgia state senator. Contact Steen Milies at Steen@dekalbchamp.com.

Opinion The Newslady

The Champion Free Press, Friday, July 13, 2012

Out of the heart the mouth speaks is an old familiar proverb that is applicable to the barrel of monkeys comment made by acting DeKalb County Planning Director Gary Cornell. For him to make that comment was as wrong as two left shoes and just as insensitive. The comment demands swift corrective action the least of which should be suspension without pay and mandatory sensitivity training. This is not a pat on the back, its OK, we know youre sorry type of offense. Some infractions, albeit unintended, are career decisions. Instruction: Engage mind before opening mouth or typing. According to news accounts, Cornell said in an email, these properties are like a barrel full of monkeys. He was making reference to a rundown apartment complex off of North Hairston Road. Perhaps a better choice of words might have been a hotbed

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New city? No, CID!

instead proposed a budget of $2.7 million. In 2005, Sandy Springs in north Fulton County kicked off this deluge, followed by Milton (December 2006), Chattahoochee Hills (June 2007), Dunwoody (December 2008) and Peachtree Corners (November 2011). Supporters of these bedroom community conversions to cities felt overtaxed and underserved by their county governments. In almost every case projected revenues for these new municipalities were overforecast and expenses were typically under-forecast. The idea of local control was attractive, but its reality was also quite expensive. Projected savings and lower tax rates almost never actually materialized. By contrast there are two Community Improvement Districts (CIDs)Gwinnett Village and Stone Mountainboth near the newest city of Peachtree Corners. The Stone Mountain CID, in east DeKalb County, is expanding with an additional 90 property owners joining it, and increasing the total property value of the district from $241 million to $332 million. This and other self-taxing districts, including Buckhead, Cumberland and Perimeter Center among others, have reduced crime, improved infrastructure, and removed garbage, junk signs and graffiti. In many ways they performed tasks once left to municipalitiesall at a much lower price-point. The Stone Mountain group also is working to add 2,000 new jobs to the area by 2013. By contrast, according to a recent financial analysis by DeKalb County government, the even newer potential city of Brookhaven in north DeKalb would begin operations with a projected deficit of $360,554. The county government analysis updated an earlier study by the CVI, which forecast a small surplus of $135,000 prior to recent and ongoing declines in the tax digest and property values across DeKalb County. City governments, and the bureaucracies that they typically employ, also incur long-term debt and expense in the form of employee pension/retirement and health care obligations. These costs for thousands of retirees in larger cities across the nation are pushing many municipalities and some states to their financial brink. Admittedly a new model, employing a mix of typical municipal employees and largely contracted private services and vendors is also working here in Georgia. The city of Sandy Springs was recently profiled in The New York Times (Sunday Business, June 24), and recognized for keeping its full-time employee headcount to seven. And while we can see this hybrid model can work to varying degrees, many of these new cities now also see the benefits of study and detail in the planning stages as opposed to a rush to charter and formation. Sandy Springs was decades in the making, Dunwoody, more than a decade and yet for some reason, Brookhaven is being rushed through the paces in just more than a year. Even most of its potential residents are unclear on what the boundaries might be for their new city. Questions about policing levels, budget deficits and charges and counter-charges are flying. Typically when a major governmental shift is being rushed, the real rationale does not surface until later. As north DeKalb voters above I-85 at North Druid Hills Road begin early voting this week on the city of Brokehaven referendum, I will again counsel as I often do regarding the curious and unclear wording of Georgias proposed constitutional amendments. When in doubt, vote No. Or better yet, try a CID first, and see if that doesnt give you what you want and need at a much lower asking price.
Bill Crane also serves as a political analyst and commentator for Channel 2s Action News, WSB-AM News/Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM, as well as a columnist for The Champion, Champion Free Press and Georgia Trend. Crane is a DeKalb native and business owner, living in Scottdale. You can reach him or comment on a column at billcrane@earthlink.net.

One Mans Opinion

God made the country, and man made the town. William Cowper (1739-1800), English poet and hymn writer. In nearby Gwinnett County, metro Atlantas newest city, Peachtree Corners, is set to begin operations this week. And yet, just days before this official launch the city council had to reschedule the adoption of its first budget due to Peachtree Corners taxpayers and residents concerns about the budget exceeding its earlier Carl Vinson Institute of Government (CVI) forecast by a mere 300 percent. In this last decade, during a near epidemic of new municipalities in DeKalb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties, the CVI at the University of Georgia became the de facto go to guys for studies to determine the cost and viability of establishing new cities among the landscape of metro Atlanta. Based on the limited services planned for startup operations in Peachtree Corners, CVI forecast a first-year budget of $760,917. However, the freshly elected mayor and city council have

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Pennsylvania's high-profile pedophile scandals

The Penn State and Philadelphia archdiocese cases are parallel examples of two grand, exalted institutions fleeing their moral responsibilities.
digest, because of where it happened and whom it involved. For decades Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was a virtual icon of probity in his profession. In a business whose moral climate can sometimes resemble a sewer, he did things the right way. He didn't cheat, he held his players to a high standard of behavior, and he saw to it that they went to class and graduated. He accepted a pay lower than the market would have granted him and donated considerable sums of money to the school's library system, all the while becoming the winningest college coach in the sport's history. All of this earned him a godlike status in Pennsylvania. They raised statues to him. They named their babies after him. "Joe Pa" became an indestructible symbol of integrity. But when a young assistant came to him and said that he'd seen Sandusky, Paterno's former right-hand man, having sexual intercourse with a boy in the school's shower room, Joe reacted with none of the shock and anger you might expect of a moral paragon. Instead, he merely passed the information on to higher authorities, showing no sense of urgency. Those authorities a vice-president and the athletic director didn't take action on the report. Sandusky continued to use the university's facilities to entrap vulnerable youngsters and sexually abuse them, apparently without a word of protest from Paterno or anyone else. Eventually the scandal became public. Paterno and the university's president lost their jobs and two of their colleagues were indicted. In a final grim footnote, Paterno died of cancer a short time later. But by that time he was a ruined man, his lifetime of achievement rendered hollow. I've never thought that molestation was the chief issue in either the Penn State or Catholic cases. Rather it was that these two august institutions covered up the scandal, in the church's case even transferring predatory priests, enabling them to continue to practice their pedophilia in a new venue. Tell me again: What exactly were they protecting? The reputations of their institutions? What reputations? OtherWords columnist Donald Kaul lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. otherwords.org

In one of those strange coincidences that make life read like a cheap novel, Jerry Sandusky and Monsignor William Lynn were convicted at almost the same moment by two Pennsylvania juries of charges growing out of sex scandals involving the molestation of underage youngsters. Not that the two cases are mirror images of each other. Sandusky is a former football coach at Penn State University. Lynn is a former aide to the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua and was secretary of the clergy in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Sandusky was found guilty of molesting young boys dozens of times over the past 20 years. Lynn was found guilty of covering up sexual abuses committed by priests under his supervision. Sandusky in all likelihood will spend the rest of his life in prison. Lynn faces a sentence of three and a half to seven years. But these cases are parallel examples of two grand, exalted institutions fleeing their moral responsibilities in hopes of avoiding an embarrassing scandal. As the institutions covered up the sex abuses in their ranks, the lives of dozens of young innocents were sacrificed with hardly a thought. What is it about the sexual molestation of children that institutions like the Catholic Church and Penn State don't understand? I'll lay it out for them: It is not acceptable to allow adults to sexually molest children. If you find out it's going on, you stop it. There. Does that sound controversial to you? Complex? I suppose by now we should have become accustomed to the Catholic hierarchy's hypocrisy, but enabling pedophile priests to prey on helpless children while cracking down on nuns who err on the side of compassion for the poor is beyond contempt. I applaud the conviction of Msgr. Lynn. It's a long overdue sign that the Church's habit of protecting pedophiles is as bankrupt legally as it is morally. The Penn State case is still hard to

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Large donation to spur diversity at Emory Law School

by Nigel Roberts Law school administrators tend to agree that diversity in the classroom is an asset. Students of different backgrounds contribute unique perspectives that enrich classroom discussions. Yet, achieving meaningful diversity, in terms of race and socioeconomic status, continues largely to elude law schools throughout the nation. At Emory University Law School, diversity is a priority, the law schools dean Robert A. Schapiro said in a July 3 statement announcing a significant donation to boost diversity. The contribution of $2.5 million came from law schools alumnus C. Robert Henrikson, a longtime donor. The Henrikson scholarship has been very important to our efforts to build a diverse class of talented students each year, Schapiro said. This new gift will greatly extend the endowments current reach. According to the statement, Henriksons current donation is the largest individual gift in the law schools history. He established an endowed scholarship fund in 2002, which has been an important source of minority student recruitment to the law school. A portion of the donation, $1.5 million, goes to the scholarship fund. The remaining $1 million will be allocated for additional financial aid and serve as a challenge grant for matching gifts that will go to Emory Laws annual fund. We established this scholarship fund at my alma mater so that, in addition to receiving an outstanding education, Emory law students will benefit from an inclusive environment that values diversity and leverages differences, said Henrikson, former CEO of MetLife Inc. and Emory board of trustees member. Currently, about one-third of the law schools students are from ethnic minority groups that are underrepresented in law schools. The minority presence in law schools, particularly Blacks and Mexican-Americans, has declined in recent decades. According to a study reported in The New York Times, the percentage and number of Black and Mexican-American law students declined from 1993 to 2008, even though law schools added about 3,000 new seats for first-year students. During that 15-year period, the number of Black and Mexican-American law school applicants remained relatively steady, but 61 percent of Black applicants and 46 percent of MexicanAmerican applicants were denied acceptance to all of the law schools to which they applied, compared to 34 percent of White applicants. The Columbia Law School professor who conducted the study underscored that enrollment has declined despite both minority groups improving their college grade-point averages and their Law School Admission Test scores. But the diversity challenge goes beyond race. The vast majority of law school students, according to a study reported in the American Bar Association Journal, come from relatively elite backgrounds particularly at the nations top law schools. According to the study, conducted by a University of California at Los Angeles law professor, more than 75 percent of the students at the nations top 20 law schools come from the top 25 percent of the socioeconomic ladder. And more than half of them come from the top 10 percent. Only 2 percent of the students come from the bottom tier. Furthermore, the racial minorities who gain admittance into law schools tend to represent the most privileged members of their racial group, the study found. Emory Law School states that it has a historic commitment to diversity, which began 50 years ago with its law school dean Ben F. Johnson and trustee chairman Henry L. Bowden. In 1962, they won a successful lawsuit against Georgia to overturn a state Constitution provision that punished private schools that integrated Blacks by revoking their tax-exempt status. Following that legal victory, Johnson spearheaded the schools recruitment of Black students. Today, Emory Law has one of the more ethnically diverse student bodies. Many of these students have been the first members of their families to graduate from college and pursue a legal education, said Joella Hricik, Emory Laws associate dean for development and alumni relations. U.S. News & World Report ranked Emory Law at 53rd in its 2012 Law School Diversity Index. It identifies Asian-Americans, at 11 percent, as the law schools largest minority group.

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Champion of the Week

Chris Brand

came the organizations director. He said since FODACs inception the organization has sent equipment to 48 states and other countries. After becoming director Brand developed the Remount program, which refurbishes donated equipment and wheelchair lift systems for vehicles. After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 Brand saw anChris Brand, 43, began other potential for service volunteering with the dis- for FODACbeing part of abled at an early age after relief efforts for the hurhe was introduced to the ricane, as well as tropical struggles many disabled storms and tornadoes people go through to that hit the Southeast in obtain care and medical the years after Katrina. equipment. We saw how much The family next door the disability community that helped raised me, needed our help and we their son had muscular realized that we needed dystrophy and he was my to be a part of the relief best friend growing up. efforts, Brand said. They kind of adopted me, FODAC soon develso Ive been a part of the oped relationships with disability community ever medical vendors throughsince, Brand said. out the Southeast and in As a teenager Brand spring 2011 was able to worked muscular dystro- donate wheelchairs, medphy telethons and was a ical supplies and oxygen counselor at a muscular tanks to tornado victims. dystrophy camp. He also Brand said hes most volunteered for agencies grateful for understandthat provided used medi- ing the needs of those cal equipment to those in who take care of the disneed at low, or no cost. abled and being able to Many years later in offer the medical equip1993, Brand began volment that many wouldnt unteering for Friends of be able to afford without Disabled Adults and Chil- FODACs help. dren (FODAC), a nonprofit Its just a huge organization started in amount of satisfaction 1986 that provides medi- knowing that youve givcal equipment such as en someone something wheelchairs and hospital thats going to help them beds at little or no cost improve their life and to the disabled and their face the challenges they families. need to every day, Brand Brand worked for said. FODAC 1993-96, then returned in 1999 and be-

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East Atlanta Kids Club offers academic enrichment and fun

by Daniel Beauregard daniel@dekalbchamp.com Jill Sieder, executive director and founder of the East Atlanta Kids Club, said when it first opened in 1998 the center was about sheer recreationa fun and games environmentbut that has changed over the years. The club, located in the Brownwood Recreation Center in East Atlanta, started as a nonprofit place for local children to go after school or on the weekends. Sieder said children from the East Atlanta community would walk and ride bikes to the center to play and receive homework help. We were kind of in that enrichment categorysome homework help when they needed it but it wasnt really a goal high on our list, Sieder said. Several years ago, Sieder decided to add more academics into the clubs programming and began developing a curriculum centered on reading, language arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects. Weve got these kids here anywhere from three to 12 hours a week and a lot of them are underperforming in really critical areas and we need to change that, so we started doing academic enrichment. We do it at least a couple of days a week when the kids are here and we put a lot of resources into that, Sieder said. Currently, the club is hosting its Sci-Tech, Fun and Fitness Camp, a six-week program that runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sieder said it gives the children a chance to apply what theyve been learning in school in fun and unique ways. Throughout the six weeks children will learn about computer science, aeronautics, rocketry and robotics, as well as playing sports and eating healthy. Its free for most of the kidsthere are a few who are payingbut I think the vast majority were providing this for free, which is how our after school program works, that meets four days a weekthree afternoons and Saturday, Sieder said. Sieder said for the computer and rocketry segments of the camp the club hired Mind Catalyst, an academic service provider that sends instructors to teach the children. The final two weeks of the camp volunteers from Georgia Tech will be working with the children. Theyre going to be coming in and doing it largely pro-bono but well be spending a lot of money on robotics kits, Sieder said. Much of the resources for the club and the camp, come from donations from local companies and grants. The club has a computer lab, as well as 20 laptops for the children to use, which were donated by Sun Microsystems. Sieder said many of the camp instructors and staff for the afterschool program are volunteers from the community, local colleges and local nonprofit organization Hands on Atlanta. Each volunteer is required to undergo an orientation process and a background check. Well get you tutoring for an hour or two but we also want to get you out there playing kickball because thats where bonding with the kids happensit really enhances what goes on in the classroom. If they think youre a cool guy out there playing kickball then theyre more likely to perform better in the classroom and ask for your help, Sieder said. In addition to the academic activities, students attending the camp and after-school program also learn about living and eating healthy. The club is partnering with the East Lake YMCA, which sends soccer and basketball coaches to work with the children several times a week. Sieder said the YMCA also busses campers to swim in the pool at its facility once a week. Were also working with the folks that run the Brownwood Community garden, Sieder said. Behind the club is a small community garden. Sieder said many of the children who come to the camp and after-school program planted most of the vegetables, which are now ready to harvest. Theres corn, beans, tomatoesnow that its growing the kids can come out here and harvest it and go back in there and cook it, so it really brings it home, Sieder said.

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African carnival announced African Carnival USA 2012 is hosting its inaugural carnival in the United States. This event will take place at Candler Park on July 14. There will be entertainment for children and adults. The parade will starts at noon on Euclid Avenue around Little Five Points. Described as a celebration of cultural diversity, the carnival will have among its featured guests Ambassador Blaise Cherif of the Republic of Guinea. For ticket information and other details, visit www.africancarnivalusa.com. with the Clarkston Police Department, painting at the International Bible Church, and more. Community Conversation focuses on citys future The next Clarkston Community Conversation will be held Aug. 2, 6-8 p.m., at the Clarkston Community Center. The meeting is the latest in a series designed to help craft a common vision for the community. The agenda includes working in small groups to prioritize the six themes identified in a previous meeting and working in small groups and as a large body of interested residents to develop action plans based on priorities determined by the community. Also, the meeting will help identify additional resources, questions to consider, steps to take and key people/organizations to be involved in these priority areas. The six themes are The Connected Community (community building and family advocacy); The Learning Community (education); The Healthy Community (health and wellness); The Well Fed and Ecologically Sustainable Community (urban agriculture and green space; The Safe Community (health and safety); The Playing and Fit Community (recreation). many other instruments. Kids sing along and play along with Fiddlin Dans songs, stories, and humor. For a celebratory grand finale, the whole audience forms a jug band! Road, Lithonia.

Flat Rock history on display during tour The Black history of south DeKalb County will be highlighted during a tour of the Flat Rock community July 14 from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Johnny Waits of the Flat Rock Archive and Ranger Robby Astrove will lead participants in a tour of the Flat Rock Archive, historical cemeteries and structures in the community. To register, send an email to rlastrove@dekalbcountyga.gov. The Flat Rock Archives are located at 3979 Crossvale Road, Lithonia. Events promote health, employment The DeKalb/Rockdale Employer Committee is holding two events at Samsons Sports and Fitness Center in Lithonia this month. A career expo and health fair, also sponsored by the fitness center, the Georgia Department of Labor and DeKalb Career Center with be Thursday, July 19, 10 a.m. 2 p.m. There will be testing/screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, vision, dental and more. Job seekers are asked to dress professionally and bring several copies of their resumes. The Hoops for Health fundraiser will be held Saturday, July 21. Admission to the basketball tournament is $5 and proceeds will be used to fight childhood obesity and breast cancer. Samsons Sports and Fitness Center is located at 6400 Woodrow Road, Lithonia.

Pool party set at Jewish Community Center The Dive into Shabbat pool party at the Marcus Jewish Community Center is scheduled for July 13, 5-7:30 p.m. Participants can bring their own picnic dinner or buy kosher food at the pool. Open swim begins at 5:30 p.m. There also will be poolside songs with Rabbi Glusman. The event is free and open to the public. The Marcus Jewish Community Center is at 5342 Tilly Mill Road in Dunwoody. MJCCA announces baby care program The Marcus Jewish Community Center has announced an upcoming program for parents and prospective parents titled Essentials for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond. The program will be July 22, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter, 4386 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. There will be information about natural baby care, doula services, breastfeeding, baby food, childbirth education, maternity options, baby wearing, fitness and other topics. Special guest speakers include Mayim Bialik, Ph.D. from The Big Bang Theory, midwife Ina May Gaskin and other pregnancy and parenting specialists. For ticket information, visit atlantajcc.org.

Family Day to promote health, family The Brookhaven Chamblee community is holding Family Day 2012, July 21-22, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.at Climatized Self-Storage 1890 Briarwood Road, NE, Atlanta. The purpose of Family Day is to encourage parents to spend more quality time with their children as well as to promote healthy living and wellbeing throughout the Brookhaven Chamblee community. It is a day to promote unity within families and within the community. The event is will be alcohol and drug free.

History center to feature Fiddlin Dan The childrens storytelling session at the DeKalb History Center Wednesday, July 18, 10 11 a.m., will feature Reuben Haller Fiddlin Dan the Mountain Man. The sessions, which are held at the historic Biffle Cabin, 720 W. Trinity Place, Decatur (behind the Swanton House), are for ages 6 -12 and admission is $4 per child for history center members or $6 per child for non-members. Reservations are suggested. For reservations or information, call (404) 373-1088, ext. 20 or e-mail borger@dekalbhistory.org. Fiddlin Dan the Mountain Man delights young audiences with stories and songs with North Georgia flair. His stories are populated with animals and kids getting in and out of predicaments, chores and summer activities, according to an announcement from the history center. Dan plays violin, mandolin, spoons and

Non-profits partner to aid refugees Project Live Love, a non-profit organization in Roswell, will be partnering with the Golden Key International Honour Society to serve the refugee community in Clarkston, on July 28. This day of service will be part of Golden Keys 2012 International Summit July 2629, in which hundreds of scholars from around the world will gather in Atlanta. While in Clarkston, members of Golden Key will be led by project managers from Project Live Love in community outreach activities such as working in Friends of Refugees community garden, delivering groceries to individuals homes, leading a community outreach project with the Family Heritage Foundation, leading community clean ups

Commissioner to hold Fun Day at YMCA DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May has announced that he is sponsoring his fifth annual DeKalb Fun Day on Sunday, July 22, 2 7 p.m. at Bransby Outdoor YMCA Center at Rock Chapel. The event will include entertainment, horseback riding, swimming, rock climbing, face painting, games, paddle boats and free food. Participants are asked to bring school supplies to support students in the community. Bransby Outdoor YMCA Center at Rock Chapel is located at 1185 Rock Chapel

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Twelve 24 Boutique features affordable, trendy, one-of-a-kind fashions.

Owners Melanie Williams, left, and Angela Hargro say they have complementary business skills.

The owners choose clothes from designers who cater to larger women.

Twelve 24 Boutique celebrates the plus-size woman

by Kathy Mitchell kathy@dekalbchamp.com Angela Hargro said that the boutique in downtown Decatur that she opened with partner Melanie Williams was born out of frustration as a shopper. It was so hard to find clothes in my size that didnt look like something somebodys grandmother would wear, Hargro said. The name Twelve 24 reflects the range of sizes carried in the boutique on East Ponce de Leon Avenue that owners say was created to meet the needs of curvy women. Women want to look good and feel good in what they wear no matter their size, Williams said. We want to help them to do that. As a curvy woman, I grew increasingly frustrated in my quest to find fashion forward clothing in my size, Hargro said. Shopping in the basement and corners of department stores on three racks of clothing is not a pleasant experience. Women with curves have been neglected long enough. Plus size women deserve to have the same or better shopping experience as women that are a size 2. I love boutiques and I wanted all women to be able to experience the joy of finding a cute outfit in a comfortable and welcoming setting. The business partners both still work at the health care corporation where they met, but said they hope to soon be in the fashion business fulltime. Friends and co-workers, they decided that they shared an entrepreneurial spirit. More than two years ago they launched a successful jewelry business that they have merged with the clothing store. Hargro said Williams fashion sense is the perfect complement to her eagerness to meet the needs of what she says is an underserved segment of the population. The large number of women attending the grand opening June 21 suggests that many women share her enthusiasm for fashionable clothes in larger sizes. Williams said that they look for designers who create clothes that would look good on larger women, not just the same design but in a larger size. A number of their designers are local, they say, and are excited that a shop wants to specialize in the type of fashions they design. The owners describe the selections at Twelve 24 Boutique as affordable, trendy, oneof-a-kind clothing from top designers as well as accessories, gifts and more. Our goal is to provide a great selection of clothing and jewelry that curvy women actually want to wear, Hargro said. We want to provide exceptional personal service along with private appointment shopping. We will become the shopping destination for women size 12 - 24. The store is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, but owners say they will open Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment. Hargro said the response from customers has been great. Shoppers tell us they are so excited to find someone who gets it, who understands what curvy women are looking for, she said. The partners say the Decatur business community has been helpful, friendly and welcoming. We chose downtown Decatur because we felt it would be a great location for our target customers, but we have been delighted that the local business community has been so supportive, Williams said.

A sign outside marks the East Ponce de Leon Avenue shop.

The day of the grand opening, the store was crowded with shoppers. Photos by Kathy Mitchell

The owners were in the jewelry business before they opened Twelve 24 Boutique.

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County holds tax millage to 2011 level

by Andrew Cauthen andrew@dekalbchamp.com DeKalb County will hold the line on its tax millage rate, but commissioners say there is work to be done. For unincorporated areas of the county, the millage rate will stay at 21.21 mills, after a 4-2 vote by the countys Board of Commissioners to approve the CEO Burrell Ellis adjusted budget. Commissioners Larry Johnson and Elaine Boyer voted against the budget. When originally proposed by Ellis, the budget was $559 million, but has been reduced to $556 million. Commissioner Lee May, who said he begrudgingly supports Ellis budget said, Today indicates the reality that our system really is broken. Its difficult to implement some of the real changes. without there being WWIII, May said. May said commissioners have some real difficult things to do to have more control of the budget. We need to look at our form of government, May said. Commissioner Jeff Rader, who said he is concerned about the countys level of reserved funds, said the county government has an overemphasis in maintaining the status quo. The amount of reserves in the original budget was an overstatement, said Richard Stogner, the countys chief operating officer. The original budget anticipated $1 million from a hotelmotel tax increase. That increase did not get the support it needed to pass the states General Assembly. Also in the budget was $1.53 million in revenue from the countys golf course funds. Those projections were later lowered. Its not like were taking money out of the reserve, Stogner said. The money was never actually in the reserve in the first place. In April, Ellis instructed county department heads under his oversight to make plans to cut their budgets 3 percent this year and 5 percent next year. I do not think they will have a substantial impact on our operations this year, Stogner said.

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The DeKalb County Sheriffs Office fugitive squad is searching for a second suspect in a July 2 shooting at Gresham Park where two people were killed. The park is located at 3113 Gresham Road in south DeKalb after some sort of altercation in the parking lot between the deceased men and several others, said Mekka Parish, a spokesperson for the DeKalb County Police Department. One victim died at the scene and the other was transported to a local hospital where he died, Parish said. An arrest warrant has been issued for 20-year-old Kendarius Lamonte Harris of Atlanta, charging him with the murders of Stanley Hill and Kelvin Parks, according to a statement by the Sheriffs Office. Harris is described as 5-feet-11 and weighing approximately 180 pounds, and the Sheriffs Office said he should be considered armed and dangerous. The other suspect, Anthony Demario Lewis, 20, of Atlanta, was arrested July 3 and charged with two counts of murder. A $2,000 reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Harris. Individuals with information on Harris should call (404) 577-TIPS (8477) or visit the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimestoppersatlanta. org.


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Scottdale centenarian celebrates milestone birthday

by Matt Amato On July 4, 1912, the country celebrated Independence Day by proclaiming the new 48-star flag as the official symbol of the United States. The date was also memorable for a train crash near Corning, N.Y., in which 41 people were killed. Three days later, escape artist Harry Houdini stunned the world by emerging unhindered from New York Citys East River after being bound by shackles and confined in an underwater grave. Since those days, the Russian Revolution, two World Wars, commercial radio, television and the internet have all come to pass. And one Scottdale resident, Mattie Ruth Little, has lived through it all. Little turned 100 years old on July 4, 2012 a milestone marked by more than 100 relatives and friends July 8 at a Lithonia events center. Among her greatest accomplishments was raising 10 children. Everything was fun all the time, just fond memories, said son Harold Little, 71, recalling his upbringing. Asked how his mother managed to run such a crowded household, Grady Little, 69, remembered a strict disciplinarian who ruled with an iron fist when necessary. Thats the reason we are who we are today, he said. Mattie Ruth Little remains visible in the Scottdale community and actively practices her faith a trait shared by her children. Friends and relatives consistently noted her sense of humor when paying tribute at Sundays celebration, with one younger relative joking that she is frequently asked if she can accompany her clubbing. Littles long list of descendants includes eight remaining children, 26 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 10 greatgreat-grandchildren. Many took the opportunity to share anecdotes with attendees, who traveled from as far as New York to join the celebration. Im just proud to have so many children, grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and great-greatgrandchildren, she said. A full-spirited Little was also happy to offer advice, taken from a century of life. Be good, do right, love everybodyand whether they love you or not, love them just the same, she said. If they dont love you, thats their problem. If you do love them, God notices.

Mattie Ruth Little turned 100 on July 4. Photo by Matt Amato

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Seven Day Forecast THURSDAY
Scat'd T-storms High: 88 Low: 72

July 12, 2012

Today's Regional Map Weather History
July 12, 1951 - Flooding in the Midwest claimed 41 lives, left 200 thousand persons homeless, and caused a billion dollars property damage. Kansas City was hardest hit. The central industrial district sustained 870 million dollars in property damage. July 13, 1980 - Afternoon highs of 108 degrees at Memphis, Tenn., 108 degrees at Macon, Ga. and 105 degrees at Atlanta established all-time records for those three cities. The high of 110 degrees at Newington, Ga. was just two degrees shy of the state record. Dunwoody 86/71 Lilburn Smyrna Doraville 87/72 87/72 87/72 Snellville Decatur 88/72 Atlanta 88/72 88/72 Lithonia College Park 89/72 89/72 Morrow 89/72 Union City 89/72 Hampton 90/73

In-Depth Local Forecast

Today we will see mostly cloudy skies with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, high of 88, humidity of 70%. Southeast wind 5 mph. The record high for today is 103 set in 1930. Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight with a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Scat'd T-storms High: 86 Low: 72

*Last Weeks Almanac

Date Hi Lo Normals Precip Tuesday 98 71 89/70 0.05" Wednesday 96 70 89/70 0.12" Thursday 98 72 89/70 0.01" Friday 97 74 89/70 0.01" Saturday 94 73 89/70 0.00" Sunday 97 74 89/70 0.00" Monday 95 72 89/70 0.00" Rainfall . . . . . . .0.19" Average temp . .84.4 Normal rainfall . .1.15" Average normal 79.5 Departure . . . . .-0.96" Departure . . . . .+4.9
*Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport

Scat'd T-storms High: 89 Low: 71

Isolated T-storms High: 90 Low: 72

Partly Cloudy High: 92 Low: 75

Partly Cloudy High: 90 Low: 74 New 7/18

Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week

Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 6:36 a.m. 6:36 a.m. 6:37 a.m. 6:38 a.m. 6:38 a.m. 6:39 a.m. 6:39 a.m. Sunset 8:50 p.m. 8:49 p.m. 8:49 p.m. 8:49 p.m. 8:48 p.m. 8:48 p.m. 8:47 p.m. Moonrise 1:33 a.m. 2:10 a.m. 2:50 a.m. 3:34 a.m. 4:23 a.m. 5:15 a.m. 6:11 a.m. Moonset 3:26 p.m. 4:20 p.m. 5:13 p.m. 6:05 p.m. 6:53 p.m. 7:38 p.m. 8:20 p.m. Full 8/1

Tonight's Planets
Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise Set 8:27 a.m. 9:51 p.m. 4:04 a.m. 5:47 p.m. 12:34 p.m.12:31 a.m. 3:33 a.m. 5:34 p.m. 1:57 p.m. 1:29 a.m. 12:38 a.m.12:56 p.m.

Mostly Cloudy High: 89 Low: 71 First 7/26

Last 8/9

Local UV Index

National Weather Summary This Week

The Northeast will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with scattered showers and thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 92 in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Southeast will see widespread thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 95 in Crestview, Fla. The Northwest will see mostly clear skies with isolated thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 102 in Mountain Home, Idaho. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies with a few thunderstorms today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 112 in Bullhead City, Ariz.

Weather Trivia
What is known as an Indian Summer?

0 - 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11+

UV Index 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High 11+: Extreme Exposure

Answer: The term refers to the dry, warm days that may follow the first frost.


StarWatch By Gary Becker - Rise and Shine: Venus, Jupiter Await

When I contemplate rising before dawn, I think of the Simpsons episode entitled, Barts Comet. Bart Simpson discovers a doomsday interloper after pulling a prank on his science teacher, Big Butt Skinner. Barts punishment is to assist Skinners astronomy project, but Barts discovery steals the day. When the radio alarm wakes Bart at 4:00 a.m., the announcer is saying, Top of the hour Time for the morning news, but, of course, there is no news yet because everyones still asleep in their comfy, comfy beds. Good night everybody A confused and very groggy Bart bikes over to his school. I feel Barts pain when the alarm, or my mental alarm, awakens me from a deep sleep for an early morning star watch. Right now, that means rising at 4 a.m. and being quick about an exit into the cool, morning air, no more than 15 minutes later. Upon going outside you may still think that you are in the twilight zone because low in the ENE will be the same two brilliant objects, Venus and Jupiter, which graced the evening sky during the first half of this year. Now, however, the pair is on the morning side of the sun, with Jupiter higher in the sky than Venus. The entire week will produce superb views, but if there was one specific morning to highlight, Id pick Sunday, July 15, because as the heavens brighten, a 13 percent lit, waning crescent moon will be straddling the pair. Jupiter and Venus will be less than seven degrees apart with the moon nearly in between. Because it will be a very thin horned moon, the portion of Luna not in direct sunlight should be resplendent with earthshine, light from a nearly full Earth reflected back to us by the moon. Wide-field binoculars will enhance the earthshine to help fuel the beauty of this conjunction which is also near the bright, orangey star Aldebaran in Taurus the Bull and below the Pleiades. I know Ill be awake for this one. www.astronomy.org

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Parading through town

Residents young and old chose various ways to participate in the annual Pied Piper Parade through downtown Decatur July Fourth. Some chose to walk, while others rode bicycles, unicycles, scooters and rode in cars. The event drew hundreds of onlookers and participants. A fireworks display followed the festivies. Photos by Kristin Munson

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The 2010 census resulted in a great deal of redistricting in Georgia, making 2012 an exceptionally active political year. Voters would do well to confirm their districts before going to the polls as many have changed. In addition to a large number of candidates, there are referendums and party specific questions on the ballots. The Champion contacted candidates by email and asked them to complete a questionnaire. Responses are printed as provided and are unedited except to shorten answers that exceeded the 35-word limit.


Public Service Commissioner

Name: Chuck Eaton (incumbent) Party affiliation: Republican City of residence: Atlanta Education: University of Alabama, B.A. Currently enrolled at Georgia Eaton State University Law School Usual occupation: Commissioner PSC
(to succeed Chuck Eaton)

Political offices held in the past: influences and accept zero gifts for zero influence. Currently a commissioner Why are you seeking office? Im (to succeed Pam Davidson) running for re-election on the PSC Name: Pam Davidson Party affiliation: to ensure Georgia families have Republican reliable and competitive energy. I City of residence: will continue to fight for an energy Douglasville policy that attracts high-paying Education: four jobs to Georgia. units study of a BA in organizational Name: Stephen Oppenheimer behavior Party affiliation: Democrat Davidson Usual occupation: No further information provided. energy consultant Political offices held in the past: Name: Matt Reid None Party affiliation: Why are you seeking this ofRepublican fice?: We need unbiased leadCity of residence: ership to address Ga.s energy Decatur situation. Because the incumbent Education: Bachhas taken money from utilities, he elor of Mechanical Engineering Geor- can no longer serve citizens. Reid gia Institute of Name: Stan Wise (incumbent) Technology (1982) Party affiliation: Usual occupation: Sales engiRepublican neer City of residence: Political offices held in the past: Marietta None Education: B.S. Why are you seeking this ofBusiness Managefice? Im a businessperson with ment, Charleston decades of energy experience. I Southern University want to lower rates for ratepayers; Wise Usual occupation: remove barriers to competition; create jobs through increased pri- Full-time Commissioner; Previvate investment; remove improper ously Operated Small Business

(Insurance) Political offices held in the past: Cobb County Board of Commissioners. Atlanta Regional Commission Why are you seeking this office: My conservative record demonstrates Im an advocate for reasonably-priced and reliable utility service and investment in our energy infrastructure without shifting debt to future generations. I have championed a diverse energy supply, including nuclear power.

U. S. Congress
District 4
Name: Courtney L. Dillard, Sr. Party affiliation: Democrat No further information provided Name: Hank Johnson (incumbent) Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Lithonia Education: Undergraduate: Clark College, Atlanta, Johnson Ga. 1976 Law Degree: Thurgood Marshall School
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of Law, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas 1979. Usual occupation: Congressman, former attorney Political offices held in the past: Congressman, Georgias Fourth Congressional District: 2007-present; DeKalb County Commissioner, Fifth District: 2001-2006; DeKalb County Magistrate Court Judge: 1989-2000. Why are you seeking this office? I want to continue working for the district supporting legislation that puts people back to work, making investments in police, firefighters, teachers, clean energy and transportation, while protecting Social Security and the social safety net. Name: Lincoln Nunnally Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Porterdale Education: BS of Psychology Usual occupation: Sales Consulting Nunnally and Management Political offices held in the past: Not Applicable Why are you seeking this office? We need new faces in congress that are willing to work across party lines to solve the problems of the people and have the energy to see the solutions carried out. Name: Greg Pallen Party affiliation: Republican No further information provided.

Political offices held in the past: Nonpartisan - Fulton County Superior Court (2005 - 2011) Why are you seeking this office? Georgias 5th congressional district has changed significantly over the last quarter century. I will be a representative that will rise above partisanship to address not only todays issues, but offer innovative solutions for tomorrows challenges. Name: John Lewis (incumbent) Party affiliation: Democrat No further information provided.

be a voice seeking reason, compromise. To show issues are important, not money. To restore individual responsibility in Congress. For all the right reasons. Name: Tom Price (incumbent) Party affiliation: Republican No further information provided.

lutions for education and transportation, and a business environment that creates good jobs and successful citizens. We can do better than Georgias current leadership. Name: Kenneth Brett Quarterman Party affiliation: Republican City of residence: Decatur Education: BA History from UGA; BS, MS from Woodrow Wilson College of law Usual occupation: Retired educator Political offices held in the past: none Why are you are seeking this office? To stop waste in government spending that I see everywhere especially at the Allen Wilson Terrace project which is being demolished and rebuilt for a frivolous reason. To give voters a choice besides Jason Carter.

State Senate
District 10
Name: Emanuel D. Jones (incumbent) Party affiliation: Democrat No further information provided.


Name: Howard Stopeck Party affiliation: Republican City of residence: Atlanta Education: LLB, JD Usual occupation: Lawyer, poet Stopeck Political offices held in the past: President, AZA Why are you are seeking this office? Help the poor more than merely keep them alive. Transparent Tax: 16% flat-tax -$25,000 household exemption, 13% decrease. 28% corporate tax -$1 million exemption, doubling corporate tax shifts tax burden, increase consumption, create jobs, abolish tax avoidance loopholes.

District 43
Name: Fran Millar (incumbent) Party affiliation: Republican No further information provided. Name: Ronald B. Ramsey Sr. (incumbent) Party affiliation: Democrat No further information provided.

District 40



District 44
Name: Gail Buckner Party affiliation: Democrat No further information provided.

District 41
Name: Steve Henson (incumbent) Party affiliation: Democrat No further information provided.

District 6
Name: Jeff Kazanow Party affiliation: Democratic No further information provided

Name: J. Chris Vaughn Party affiliation: Republican No further information provided.



Name: Marcus E. Davis Party affiliation: Democrat No further information provided. Name: Gail Paulette Davenport (incumbent) Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Jonesboro Education: BA degree, Spelman College Davenport Usual occupation: real estate agent Political offices held in the past: GA State Senate, 4 years; current state senator, District 44 Why are you seeking this office? As a strong and dedicated Democrat, I am seeking re-election to continue to be an advocate in the legislature for job creation, home mortgage relief,
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District 42
Name: Jason J. Carter (incumbent) Party affiliation: Democratic City of residence: City of Atlanta in DeKalb Education: J.D. University of GeorCarter gia; B.A. Duke University Usual occupation: Attorney Political offices held in the past: State Senate District 42 Why you are seeking this office? I want to prepare Georgia for the future. We need real so-

District 5
Name: Michael Johnson Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Atlanta Education: Morehouse College (1990); Syracuse University College of Law (1993) Johnson Usual occupation: Lawyer; Former Fulton County Superior Court Judge

Name: Robert Montigel Party affiliation: Democratic City of residence: Roswell Education: BS Economics-Lehigh University, MBA Finance-Columbia Montigel University Usual occupation: Small business owner, Biggs Building Products, Suwanee Political offices held in the past: None Why are you seeking this office? To give voters a choice, a chance to change Congress. To

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Name: Chris Boedeker Party affiliation: District 55 Republican City of residence: Name: Gloria Butler DeKalb (incumbent) Education: EcoParty affiliation: nomics and SociolDemocrat ogy, University of No further informaGeorgia; Juris DocBoedeker tion provided torate, Brooklyn Law School Butler Usual occupation: Attorney Political offices held in the past: Name: Mark Williams None Party affiliation: Why are you seeking this ofDemocrat fice? I have watched over the City of residence: years as our state representatives Snellville have used public office to purEducation: BA, sue their own self-interest. What Accounting, Morewe need now is a servant-leader house College; guided by conservative principles. Masters of EducaWilliams tion, School Counsel- Name: Scott Holcomb ing, Auburn University Party affiliation: Usual occupation: High school Democrat counselor City of residence: Political offices held in the past: Atlanta None Education: B.A., Why are you seeking this ofUniversity of Confice? I am seeking this office as necticut; Jurisa result of what I think is a lack of Doctorate, West Holcomb leadership by our current Senator. Virginia University; If elected, I look forward to work- M.B.A. University of Georgia ing with the constituents of 55 to (graduating in May 2012). improve education. Usual occupation: Attorney Political offices held in the past: State representative 2010-12. Why are you seeking this office? Georgia can, and must, do better. In many areas, our state is underperforming. We must District 79 strengthen our competitiveness, invest in our educational sysName: Tom Taylor tems, improve our transportation (incumbent) networks and increase access to Party affiliation: health care. Republican No further information provided. Name: Carla Roberts Taylor Party affiliation: District 80 Republican No further informaName: Mike tion provided. Jacobs (incumbent) Roberts Party affiliation: Republican No further informa- District 82 tion provided. Name: Mary Jacobs Margaret Oliver (incumbent) Name: Sandy Party affiliation: Murray Democrat Party affiliation: No further informaDemocrat tion provided. No further informaOliver tion provided.

veterans, an excellent education system and going green initiatives.

District 81

District 83

State House of Representatives

Name: Michele Henson (incumbent) Name: Howard Party affiliation: Mosby Democrat (incumbent) City of residence: Party affiliation: Stone Mountain Democrat Education: BA in No further informasociology at the tion provided. Mosby University of Miami Henson (Fla.) Usual occupation: BusinessDistrict 84 woman, administrator Political offices held in the past: Name: Rahn Mayo (incumbent) State Representative for 22 years Party affiliation: Why are you seeking this ofDemocrat fice? I have 22 years of legislative City of residence: experience, constituent service Decatur and active involvement in the life Education: Howard of the community. It is my goal to University continue working for the commuUsual occupation: nity and DeKalb County. Real Estate Broker Mayo Political offices held in the past: State Represen- District 87 tative. Originally elected in 2008 Name: Earnest Why are you are seeking this Coach Williams office? My goal is to improve the (incumbent) quality of life for DeKalb County Party affiliation: residents. Education and Job Democrat creation are central issues of No further informaconcern for my next term in the tion provided. General Assembly. Locally, I will Williams focus on roadside enhancement District 88 to improve the appearance and landscaping on State Roads. Name: Billy Mitchell (incumbent) District 85 Party affiliation: Democrat Name: Karla No further informaDrenner (incumtion provided. bent) Party affiliation: Mitchell Democrat No further informaDistrict 89 tion provided.

District 86
Name: Lisa Y. Kinnemore Party affiliation: Republican City of residence: Stone Mountain Education: BA in Political Science from Georgia State University Kinnemore Usual occupation: Home Educator Political offices held in the past: None Why are you seeking this office? I am running because I believe House District 86 deserves better representation. We need a representative who is visible and interacts with the community and cares about the needs of the people.


Name: Stacey Abrams (incumbent) Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Atlanta Education: J.D.The Yale Law School; M.P.AffAbrams the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin; B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Political Science, Economics and Sociology) - Spelman College, magna cum laude. Usual occupation: Co-Founder, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of NOWaccount Network Corporation, a financial services firm. Stacey cofounder of Nourish, Inc. Political offices held in the past: Georgia House Representative District 84, Georgia House Minority Leader
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Why are you seeking this office? I am seeking the office of Georgia House Representative in District 89 to continue to serve the citizens of DeKalb County and the state of Georgia, fighting for educational opportunity, economic security and shared responsibility.

the District toward opportunities that enhance Economic and Community Development, Public Safety, and Education. Having established relationships on local, state and federal levels, Im ready to hit the ground running. Name: Doreen Carter Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Lithonia Education: B.B.A. Accounting, M.A. Theology, M.B.A. Usual occupation: Carter Accounting, consulting, financial education Political offices held in the past: City council Why are you seeking this office? My community needs/deserves an advocate leader. I stepped up to run for this office to make a difference in the issues that mattereducation for our children, jobs for the unemployed and safe communities.

District 90
Name: Scott Hughes Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Decatur Education: B.A. Public Administration, Expected completion of MBA Hughes (2013) Usual occupation: Health care administrator, revenue cycle Political offices held in the past: none Why are you seeking this office? To give all people of the district a seat at the decision making table in an effort to improve the quality of life for everyone that calls District 90 home. Name: Pam S. Stephenson (incumbent) Party affiliation: Democrat No further information provided.

ing Technology in the Classroom; B.A. French Usual occupation: Educator Political offices held in the past: N/A Why are you seeking this office? I am running because we must stop the gutting of public education. We can start to repair our economy, by repairing Georgias classrooms. I want to be your voice on education at the Gold Dome.

District 93

District 91
Name: Dee Dawkins-Haigler (incumbent) Party affiliation: Democrat No further information provided.

District 92
Name: Tonya P. Anderson Party affiliation: Democrat City of Residence: Lithonia Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; M. Div, Luther Rice University Usual occupation: Anderson Consultant and Pastor Political offices held in the past: Mayor and Councilmember Why you are seeking this office? I am committed to leading

Name: Dexter Dawston Party affiliation: Democrat Residence: Snellville Education: Bachelor of Science Occupation: Truck Driver Dawston Political offices held in the past: No past political positions Why are you seeking this office? For far too long our political Name: Kathy L. Harvey leaders have failed to bring about Party affiliation: real results and better opportuniDemocrat ties to everyday people lives in City of residence: Georgia. We need real results in Conyers education, jobs, immigration reEducation: MS Law form and taxes. and Public Policy and MA Counseling Name: Christine Tina Hoffer Usual occupation: Harvey Party affiliation: Minister/Counselor Republican and Recent Business Owner City of residence: Political offices held in the past: Snellville Presently serving my second, Education: Masters four-year term as State Commitof Science, nursing, tee Member, 4th Congressional Emory University; District, Democratic Party of Bachelor of SciHoffer Georgia (DPG) ence, Nursing, EmWhy are you are seeking this ory University; Bachelor of Arts, office? Republican War on Wom- music, Houghton College en. Strong desire to protect citiUsual occupation: Registered zens. DPG State Committee and nurse Citizen Lobbyist. The only candi- Political offices held in the past: date in this election who has the none experience to influence legislation Why are you seeking this ofon the issues important to HD 92. fice? Im the conservative choice for District 93. I support Name: Sherri Len a reduced tax burden that will Washington stimulate economic growth. Also Party affiliation: support health care reform, fully Democrat funded public education and a No further informa- master plan for metro traffic relief. tion provided. Name: Darshun Kendrick Washington (incumbent) Party affiliation: Name: Doreen Williams Democrat Party affiliation: City of residence: Democrat Lithonia City of residence: Education: 2 BachConyers elors from OgeltEducation: Ed.D. horpe University, Curriculum Studies; Kendrick B.A. in political sciM.Ed. - IncorporatWilliams

ence and communications (2004); law degree (J.D.) from University of Georgia (2007); Masters in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University (2011) Usual occupation: Business attorney Political offices held in the past: State Representative from House District 94 Why you are seeking this office? I have dedicated my life to public service and already served my community even before being in elected office. I was born and raised in Georgia so I have a unique prospective of Georgias needs. Name: Glen Williams Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Unincorporated Snellville Education: Indiana University Usual occupation: Williams Youth Sports Academy Owner Political offices held in the past: None Why are you seeking this office? 12 years Ive worked as a community organizer with the clergy, schools, HOAs, in DeKalb/ Gwinnett to better our communities. As a State Representative Ill be able to truly represent the people to make a difference.

District 94
Name: Karen Bennett Party affiliation: Democrat No further information provided. Name: Patricia Bourdeau Party affiliation: Democrat No further information provided. Name: Tony Lentini Party affiliation: Democrat City of Residence: Snellville Education: Bachelor of Business, Oglethorpe University, 1987; MS Lentini Degree, Education, Georgia State University, 1992 Usual Occupation: Finance YP Holdings (Formerly AT&T Adversing Solutions) Political office held in the past: None Why are you seeking this office? I feel that we are in need of lending reforms for foreclosures, more jobs in DeKalb & Gwinnett, reform in ethics in government.
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Fully fund our public schools and to make our colleges affordable. Name: Jaye Lynn Peabody Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Snellville Education: Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health, Mercer University 2011; Peabody Master of Divinity, Mercer University, 2011; Masters of Public Administration, New York University, 1998; Bachelor of Arts, Ramapo College of New Jersey, 1991 Usual occupation: Executive director and counselor-Covenant Counseling & Family Resource Center Political offices held in the past: N/A Why are you seeking office? Im passionate about serving the medically and economically underserved, creating healthy lifestyles for children and families, promoting educational success for all children and creating jobs. I have dedicated my life and career to social justice.

Clerk of Superior Court

Name: Oretha Brown-Johnson Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Ellenwood Education: Associate of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor Brown of Science in Business with concentration in Human Resources (Dec. 2012). Graduate from Partners & Policymaking/ Governors Council for Developmental Disabilities Academy. Usual occupation: Retired on March 30, 2012 from the DeKalb County District Attorneys Office as the Administrative Coordinator of Case Management and Operations. Political offices held in the past: None Why are you seeking this office? I have 23+ years of work experience in the court system & bring fresh innovative new ideas for workflow efficiency, technology as well as a wealth of case management experience and successful customer service experience. Name: John Q. Carter Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Decatur Education: B.A., Psychology, Juris Doctorate (JD)

Usual occupation: Attorney and business owner Political offices held in the past: None Why are you seeking this office? My family has served DeKalb County since 1989. I will bring my experience as an attorney and a businessman to the Clerks Office. I will emphasize a high level of professionalism and customer service. Name: Debra Deberry (incumbent) Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Stone Mountain Education: Five hundred hours of court specific Deberry training, certification and court management as it relates to public administration, budgets and manpower. Usual occupation: Clerk of Superior Court Political offices held in the past: Clerk of Superior Court, Chief deputy clerk Why are you seeking this office? As clerk, I want to continue upholding the integrity of public records and protecting public funds. Judicially, I will continue providing premier support to each judge, justice agencies and all citizens of DeKalb County.

Name: Frank L. Swindle Party affiliation: Democratic City of residence: Atlanta county of DeKalb Education: Attended DeVry Technical College, Attended Swindle Yuba City College. Usual occupation: DeKalb Business Owner and employer, Records Management Supervision Political offices held in the past: None Why are you seeking this office? With over 22 years court services experience, I promise to be effective, inclusive, and responsive. Im dedicated to a positive 21st century change. I will promote Online Services, public awareness, community outreach and superior leadership! Name: Cheryl D. Vortice Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Decatur Education: DeKalb County Public Schools, Druid Hills High School Usual occupation: Judicial case manager Political offices held in the past: Chief Deputy Clerk (1997-2000) Why are you seeking office? Employed with the Court more than half my life, I have balanced budgets, managed employees, worked closely with Judges, Lawyers and Citizens. I understand their wants and needs. As Clerk I will satisfy those needs with integrity and without additional burdens on taxpayers.

District Attorney
Name: Robert James (incumbent) Party affiliation: Democrat No further information provided.

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Name: Thomas E. Brown (incumbent) Party affiliation: Democrat No further information provided.

Solicitor General
Name: Sherry Boston (incumbent) Party affiliation: Democrat No further information provided.

County Commissioner
District 1
Name: Elaine Boyer (incumbent) Party affiliation: Republican No further information provided

Tax Commissioner Chief Executive Officer Name: Claudia G. Lawson

Party Affiliation: Democratic City of Residence: Decatur Education: BSFlorida State University Usual occupation: Lawson Tax Commissioner Political offices held in the past: Tax Commissioner Why are you seeking this office? A DeKalb public servant for 30+ years, honesty and integrity are principles I uphold as the fiduciary of public funds. Accountability, responsibility, transparency, and technological advances are virtues that I continually bring as Tax Commissioner.

Name: Melvin-Allen Tukes Party affiliation: Democrat City of Residence: Decatur Education: 16+ years (BA Criminology) Usual Occupation: Tukes Revenue officer, United States Treasury Political offices held in the past: This will be my first office Why are you seeking this office? To make the Tax Office more responsive to the needs and concerns of the Taxpayers. To ensure fair and equitable treatment in the collection of taxes and to demand quality customer service for every individual.

Name: Larry Danese Party affiliation: Name: Gregory Adams, Sr. Republican Party affiliation: City of residence: Democratic Atlanta, unincorCity of residence: porated DeKalb Stone Mountain County Education: Some Education: Masters college of business adminUsual occupation: Danese istration and engiPastor and former neering Adams police officer Political offices held in the past: Usual occupation: Operations manager and registered engineer; None now retired Why you are seeking this ofPolitical offices held in the past: fice? Running for a fair and just Elected to the DeKalb Soil and government throughout DeKalb County. Take a long look at public Water Conservation District, but not considered to be a Political safety, get this county cleaned Office up, work fairly with the BOC and navigate the youth to a promising Why are you seeking this office? I want to lower the barriers future. that are frustrating the cooperation we need in our government Name: Jerome to move the county forward. I Edmondson want appropriate staff reductions Party affiliation: to control the budget without disDemocratic No further informa- ruption of service delivery. tion provided

Name: Steve Bradshaw Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Clarkston Education: MPA Georgia State University, BA Armstrong State ColBradshaw lege Usual occupation: Account manager in material handling Political offices held in the past: N/A Why are you seeking this office? The citizens of District 4 deserve a County Commissioner who will be accessible and responsive. Not just at election time, but for an entire term. I am running to offer them that choice. Name: Clyburn Halley, Jr. Party affiliation: Democrat City of Residence: Decatur Education: Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, School of Halley Police Staff and Command Class-288, Evanston, IL; Masters of Public Administration, Georgia Law Enforcement Command College Columbus State University, Columbus, GA; St. Leo University, Atlanta, GA, B.A. Criminal Justice 2011- Georgia Peace Officer Training Hours 2,439-Hours Usual occupation: Law Enforcement Political offices held in the past: None Why are you seeking this office? I am seeking office to promote public safety and economic development, and to provide excellent leadership to ensure that DeKalb County neighborhoods are vibrant, inclusive, and attractive to all of its citizens.

District 4


Chief Magistrate
Name: Berryl A. Anderson (incumbent) Party affiliation: Democrat No further information provided.

Name: Burrell Ellis (incumbent) Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Stone Mountain Education: Economics and Finance degree, The Wharton School of Ellis The University of Pennsylvania. Law Degree, The University of Texas at Austin Usual occupation: Attorney Political offices held in the past: DeKalb County Government CEO (2009-Present) and DeKalb County Board of Commissioners, District 4 (2000 2008) Why are you seeking this office? I am seeking re-election as DeKalb CEO because of my operational experience, prior county legislative experience, and successful legal career enables me to develop a vision and work towards creating a stronger, better DeKalb County.

Name: Sharon Barnes-Sutton (incumbent) Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Stone Mountain Education: Bachelors of Science, Barnes-Sutton commerce and business administration, University of Alabama; Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Mercer University Usual occupation: Educator Political offices held in the past: DeKalb County commissioner, District 4 Why are you seeking this office? To continue improving your quality of life by applying the knowledge and experience Ive gained as your current Commissioner balanced with the compassion and understanding of being a 24-year resident of the District.

District 5
Name: Gina Mangham Party affiliation: Democratic City of residence: Lithonia Education: Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Finance Mangham from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta Usual occupation: Attorney at Law, Mediator Political offices held in the past: None
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Why are you seeking office? I am concerned about the decline in South DeKalb over the past five years. I have the skills, leadership and dedication to improve our community for the benefit of the entire county. Name: Lee May Party affiliation: Democrat No further information provided.

laboration, accountability and hard work guide me. Name: Edmond Richardson Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Ellenwood Education: BA Political Science Morris Brown CollegeMasters of Public Richardson Administration University of West Georgia, Certificate of Nonprofit Management, Georgia State University, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Usual occupation: Chief of staff, DeKalb County commissioner Political offices held in the past: None Why are you seeking this office? Its time to put a stop to the inefficiency of our current government, wasteful spending, misuse of county resources and continuous tax increases. If you believe the citizens of DeKalb deserve more responsible leadership.

Superior Court Judge, Stone Mountain Circuit

(to succeed Gregory A. Adams)

Name: Gregory A. Adams (incumbent, unopposed)

(to succeed Tangela M. Barrie)

Name: Tangela M. Barrie (incumbent, unopposed)

(to succeed Cynthia C.J. Becker)

Education: BA, University of Washington; JD, Emory Law School Usual occupation: Judge Political offices you have held in the past: State Court, 1981-84; Superior Court, 1985-present Why are you seeking this office? I served the citizens of DeKalb County for 32 years, and continue to enjoy it. I want to continue to serve.
(to succeed Mark Anthony Scott)

Name: Cynthia C.J. Becker (incumbent, unopposed)

(to succeed Gail C. Flake)

Name: Mark Anthony Scott (incumbent, unopposed)

Name: Ken Samuel Party affiliation: Democrat No further information provided.


Name: Andre R. White Party affiliation: Democrat City of residence: Lithonia Education: College of DuPage, Glen Ellen, Illinois Usual occupation: Publisher of The Sentinel Political offices held in the past: N/A Why are you seeking this office? As a tax payer, parent and business owner, I am concerned about the direction of our county. I am concerned about the leadership that we have struggled with and I believe we can do better.

State Judgeships
Supreme Court Justice
(to succeed Carol W. Hunstein)

Name: Carol W. Hunstein (incumbent, unopposed)

(to succeed Harold D. Melton)

Name: Harold D. Melton (incumbent, unopposed)

(to succeed Huge P. Thompson)

Name: Gail C. Flake (incumbent) City of residence: Tucker Education: B.A. University of Memphis; Masters Georgia Institute of Technology; J.D. Emory University Flake Law School Usual occupation: Superior Court Judge, Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit Public offices held in the past: DeKalb State Court Judge; DeKalb Recorders Court Judge; DeKalb County Chief Staff Attorney Why you are seeking this office? I believe that the citizens of DeKalb County deserve to be served by qualified and experienced Superior Court Judges who are both fair and unbiased. Name: Michael Rothenberg City of residence: Decatur Education: B.A. with High Honors, University of Florida; J.D., South Texas College of Law Rothenberg Usual occupation: Attorney Political offices held in the past: None. Why you are seeking this office? I believe in alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders, in courtroom efficiency, in getting the law right the first time, in a new day for DeKalb.
(to succeed Linda Warren Hunter)

State Court of DeKalb County

State Court Judge
Name: Stacey K. Hydrick (incumbent, unopposed) City of residence: Dunwoody Education: Graduated from Dunwoody High School in 1985; received Hydrick BA in English from Emory University 1989; received Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University in 1992. Usual occupation: DeKalb County State Court Judge, Division II Political offices held in the past: None Why you are seeking this office? Serving as your state court judge is both an honor and a privilege. I remain committed to ensuring that justice is applied efficiently, promptly and uniformly across the board, for everyone who appears before me.
(to succeed Wayne M. Purdom) (to succeed Stacey K. Hydrick)

District 6
Name: Kathie Gannon (Incumbent) Party affiliation: Democratic City of residence: Decatur Education: MSW (Masters of Social Work) University of Gannon Georgia; Masters Certificate, Heritage Preservation, Georgia State University; BA Political Science, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. Usual occupation: Community Advocacy. DeKalb County Commissioner Super District 6. Political offices you have held in the past: DeKalb County Commissioner Super District 6. Why are you seeking this office? The job is not done. Hard choices remain. Community matters, partnerships work, commitment to good government is more important than ever during tough economic times. Values like col-

Name: Huge P. Thompson (incumbent, unopposed)

Appeals Court Judge

(to succeed Keith R. Blackwell)

Name: Keith R. Blackwell (incumbent, unopposed)

(to succeed Michael P. Boggs)

Name: Wayne M. Purdom (incumbent, unopposed)

(to succeed Eleanor L. Ross)

Name: Michael P. Boggs (incumbent, unopposed)

(to succeed Stephen Dillard)

Name: Stephen Dillard (incumbent, unopposed)

(to succeed John J. Ellington)

Name: John J. Ellington (incumbent, unopposed)

(to succeed M. Yvette Miller)

Name: Linda Warren Hunter (incumbent, unopposed)

(to succeed Clarence F. Seeliger)

Name: M. Yvette Miller (incumbent, unopposed)

(to succeed Herbert Phipps)

Name: Herbert Phipps (incumbent, unopposed)


Name: Clarence F. Seeliger (incumbent, unopposed) City of residence: Stone Mountain

Name: Eleanor L. Ross (incumbent, unopposed ) City of residence: Decatur Education: Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Houston Ross Usual occupation: State Court Judge, DeKalb County Political offices held in the past: Currently serving as State Court Judge, DeKalb County Why are you seeking this office? As a career prosecutor, I
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have always been committed to the administration of justice. As a State Court Judge I have the unique opportunity to facilitate the resolution of conflicts and disputes.
(to succeed Dax E. Lopez)

Name: Dax E. Lopez (incumbent) City of residence: Decatur (unincorporated) Education: B.S., Vanderbilt University (Political Science) cum Laude; J.D., cum laude, Lopez Vanderbilt Law School. Usual occupation: Attorney Political offices held in the past: This is my first public office. Why you are seeking this office? I have presided over several thousand criminal and civil cases as your judge. As the only candidate with judicial experience, I am uniquely qualified to ensuring that everyone is treated justly and fairly. Name: Dionne McGee City of residence: Lithonia Education: BA Criminal Justice University of GA (1996); Juris Doctorate John Marshall (2000) McGee Usual occupation: Attorney; former DeKalb Prosecutor Political offices held in the past: None Why are you seeking this office? As a native and public servant, I believe the citizens of DeKalb deserve a choice, and should be given the opportunity to elect a candidate with proven experience, leadership and connections to the community.
(to succeed Janis C. Gordon)

Political offices held in the past: Why are you seeking this office? I want to continue protecting DeKalb countys most vulnerable citizens. My 27 years of experience and dedication to Probate Court enables me to give our incapacitated and mentally ill adults and minors every protection the law allows.

Board of Education
School Board District 2
Name: Don McChesney (incumbent) City of residence: Atlanta Education: Bachelor of Arts, history, Georgia State University; Masters of Education, Georgia McChesney State University Usual occupation: Teacher Political offices held in the past: School board Why are you seeking this office? I am a product of the DeKalb School System. It was the reason for my success in life. I would like to help return this once proud system to that prominence. Name: Marshall Orson City of residence: Atlanta (unincorporated) Education: Duke A.B. 82, Duke School of Law J.D. 85 Usual occupation: Orson Consultant Political offices held in the past: none Why are you are seeking this office? Our current school board is failing us. Every child deserves a high quality education. The school board must be educationally focused, fiscally responsible, accountable for results, transparent in its actions and committed to every child.

Usual occupation: 20+ years with The Home Depot Political offices held in the past: N/A Why are you seeking this office? Budget shortfalls have come to a head. We are moving in the wrong direction and the time for change is now. I believe I can bring a positive momentum and IMPROVE the DeKalb School System. Name: Jim Kinney City of residence: Tucker Education: M.S. Physics Georgia State University 1997 Usual occupation: Linux Systems Kinney Architect/Admin/ Engineer Political offices held in the past: none Why are you seeking this office? There is little else as adults we do more important than preparing our children for the world they inherit from us. I will focus the board on education first and work to stabilize the budget. Name: Jim McMahan City of residence: Atlanta Education: 1983 graduate of Northside High School; attended Georgia State University and Wofford ColMcMahan lege Usual occupation: Residential mortgage loan originator Political offices held in the past: none Why are you seeking this office? I am running for the school board because there is a need for better leaders within our school system. I have the skill set, determination and desire to offer solutions for a better DCSD.

1981-1992, DeKalb School Board, 2008-2012 Why are you are seeking this office? I want to provide an excellent educational opportunity for every child in DeKalb County; to use tax dollars in wisely, efficiently and honestly, and restore public trust in the DeKalb School system.

District 6
Name: Melvin Johnson Party affiliation: Democratic City of residence: Stone Mountain Education: Bachelor of Science, Masters of Education, Education Johnson Specialist, Educational Doctorate Usual occupation: Retired educator Political offices held in the past: None Why are you seeking this office? I am seeking office to use my educational experience and knowledge to help restore excellence in DeKalb Schools by improving student achievement, strengthening community trust, promoting board and stakeholder relationships, and increasing fiscal and operational efficiency. Name: Denise E. McGill No further information provided.

Name: Janis C. Gordon (incumbent, unopposed)

Probate Judge
Name: Jeryl Debra Rosh (incumbent, unopposed) City of residence: Atlanta Education: Georgia State (Law Degree), University of Maryland (Bachelors) Rosh Usual occupation: Probate Judge
(to succeed Jeryl Debra Rosh)

District 4
Name: James Tom Gilbert City of residence: Tucker Education: High school graduate with some college


Name: Terrilyn Rivers-Cannon City of residence: Snellville Education: Bachelor Criminal Justice; Master-Social Work; SpecialistEducational Leadership; DoctorateCannon Educational Leadership Usual occupation: School social worker Name: Paul Womack (incumbent) Political offices held in the past: none City of residence: Why are you seeking this ofUnincorporated fice? As a current educator, I DeKalb County have a clear understanding of Education: Bachthe multiple challenges that are elors in Business encountered inside and outside Education, Univerof the classroom by our students sity of Georgia, U. and teachers. S. Treasury Law Womack Enforcement TrainName: Latasha C. ing School, American ManageWalker ment Executive Graduate ProParty affiliation: gram. Democratic Usual occupation: Chairman & City of residence: CEO Mobility Designs, Inc. Stone Mountain Political offices held in the Education: Atpast: DeKalb School Board,

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tended Clark Atlanta University 92-96 Biology/Pre-med Usual occupation: self employed as a personal assistant, Co-chair a Community Advocacy Group called ABC (Advocates on Behalf of Children), Full time devoted mother Political offices held in the past: none Why are you seeking this office? As your elected official I am committed to: Preserving policies and programs that work and have a proven positive impact on the children. Increasing public trust through greater transparency and accountability Restoring DeKalb Schools to Excellence

past: None Why are you seeking this office? I want to ensure fairness and equality and become a voice for not only District 8 but all of DeKalb; advocating for concerns that impact our children, teachers and communities. Your responsive, reliable, responsible candidate. Name: Pamela Speaks City of residence: Stone Mountain Education: Ed.D., Ed.S., M.ED., B.S. Usual occupation: Retired Educator Political offices held in the past: Speaks None Why are you seeking this office? I am seeking this office to continue with dedication the hard work to complete the journey as a voice of reason to bring improved student achievement and fiscal stability to our school district. Experience counts!

For Your Candidate
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District 8
Name: Michelle Mimi Clark City of residence: Stone Mountain Education: B.S. Marketing Usual occupation: Owner of Interstate Driver Services and Solutions (driver Clark leasing company for CDL drivers) Political offices held in the




Commissioner District 4
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Family. Community. Justice.

10 year DeKalb County resident ONLY Latino State Court Judge in Georgia Supervising Judge of DUI Court Operates Alternative Sentencing Program Barrister, Lamarr Inn of Court JD, Vanderbilt Law School, Cum Laude


Top 40 under 40, Georgia Trend On the Rise, Fulton Daily Report Rising Star (Twice), Superlawyer Magazine Public Official of the Year Leadership DeKalb Graduate Legal Elite, Georgia Trend Magazine

Gov. Roy Barnes Sen. Fran Millar Sen. Jason Carter Rep. Tom Taylor Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver Rep. Mike Jacobs District Attorney Robert James Solicitor General Sherry Boston


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