Author: John Ruch

Brookhaven mayoral election is a 3-way race

Incumbent Rebecca Chase Williams will face at least two challengers who filed today for the Brookhaven mayoral election. Joining Williams in the race today were John Ernst Jr., the former chairman of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics, and Dale Boone, a professional competitive eater who frequently attends City Council meetings. In the City Council election, incumbents Linley Jones (District 1) and Bates Mattison (District 3) qualified today. The Districts 2 and 4 council seats are not on the ballot this year. The qualifying period runs through Sept. 2, so more candidates may emerge. The municipal election will be held Nov....

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DeKalb corruption report expected next week

A long-awaited report about DeKalb County government ethics and corruption is expected to be released next week, according to ajc.com. Investigators Mike Bowers, who is a former state attorney general, and Richard Hyde delivered a bombshell preview of the report earlier this month, alleging in a letter that DeKalb’s government is “rotten to the core.” They claimed to have discovered waste, fraud, bribery and obstruction of the investigation, among other issues, but mentioned few details. County Interim CEO Lee May hired the investigators several months ago in the wake of several corruption scandals. But he has disputed the sweeping language in Bowers and Hyde’s letter and claimed they are late in delivering their...

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