The proposed new city of LaVista Hills was failing narrowly, while the new city of Tucker appeared headed for incorporation, in early, unofficial election results posted Nov. 3 by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

“I congratulate the citizens of Tucker on establishing Georgia’s newest city,” said DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May in a written statement. “DeKalb County looks forward to working with Tucker to ensure a smooth transition of the delivery of municipal government services.”

The LaVista Hills cityhood proposal was split 50.5 percent “no” to 49.5 percent “yes” in unofficial results posted on DeKalb County’s elections website late Nov. 3. Tucker’s cityhood had nearly 73 percent of voters favoring creation of the new city.

The county elections website showed LaVista Hills falling just 136 votes short of approval. DeKalb election officials said 6,925 voters said no, while 6,789 said yes. Voters in the areas to be incorporated were the only ones who cast ballots in the election.

LaVista Hills and Tucker are the latest cities seeking to form in unincorporated DeKalb County, following in the footsteps of Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Dunwoody. If it were to form, LaVista Hills would partly border Brookhaven.

Meanwhile, another ballot question proposing a reform of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics appeared headed for a resounding victory. More than 91 percent of voters were in favor in the unofficial early results.

Here are the election results, as posted on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website on Nov. 3:

DeKalb Ethics Question
189 of 189 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
91.80% 40,926
8.20% 3,658

Lavista Hills

24 of 24 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
49.50% 6,789
50.50% 6,925


15 of 15 Precincts Reporting
Percent Votes
73.92% 3,937
26.08% 1,389