Nancy Jester easily claimed the District 1 seat on the DeKalb County Commission on Dec. 2 by collecting more than three-fourths of the votes cast in the runoff election, according to county election totals.

Jester, a former member of the DeKalb school board, received 3,954 votes, or about 76 percent of the votes cast, according to unofficial returns posted on the DeKalb Registration and Elections website. . Her opponent in the runoff, Holmes Pyles, received 1,259 votes, the website reported.

Jester and Pyles were thrown into a runoff after they finished as the top two in a five-candidate race Nov. 4

Jester will take the commission seat vacated by former Commissioner Elaine Boyer, who resigned shortly before she pleaded guilty to federal charges of misusing county money. Boyer is to be sentenced early next year.

Only about 7 percent of the voters registered in the district cast ballots in the runoff, the county reported. The district covers most of the northern end of the county.

Nancy Jester

Nancy Jester