Nov. 8 election: Dems sweep local races, Tucker will take over more services from DeKalb

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Tucker, GA — Democrats will retain control of the county legislative delegation and Tucker will take over more services from DeKalb County following the results of the Nov. 8 election.

Former Tucker city attorney Brian Anderson, R, lost the race for state House District 80 to Long Tran, who received 57% of the vote.

Other results of note:

— Scott Holcomb, D, easily won his reelection bid to state House District 81, defeating Mary Williams Benefield, R, with 71% of the vote.

— Karen Lupton, D, won state House District 83, defeating Catherine Bernard, R, with 64% of the vote.

— Imani Barnes, D, won state House District 86 with a whopping 88% of the vote, dispatching Lisa Kennemore, R. Barnes’ win is one of the more remarkable stories of the night. She was virtually unknown until she ran for Tucker City Council in 2021, a race she ultimately lost.

— Two incumbent Democratic state senators won election. District 40 Sen. Sally Harrell, D, defeated Austin McDonald, R, with 62.5% of the vote. District 41 Sen. Kim Jackson, D, defeated Jayre Jones, R, in a landslide, winning 82% of the vote.

Tucker voters overwhelmingly voted to take over more services from DeKalb County, with 75% of voters approving the idea. The city will take over road construction and maintenance and stormwater management from DeKalb County.

Taking on these services will mean higher taxes for residents.

“If the public works referendum is approved by voters during the upcoming election, a homeowner with a property valued at $328,000 would see a projected increase of $94 annually for roads and maintenance services and stormwater services combined,” the city’s informational website says. “Businesses located within the City of Tucker would see proportionate increases as well.”

The city’s informational website says that in the first 365 days after the referendum is approved, Tucker will prioritize any deferred public works maintenance and repair needs. In year two, the city intends to reduce service delivery times by 50% or more.

For more information about the city’s plan to take over public works, click here.

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