Monday, August 9, 2010

Garner, Waites in epic tussle over Fulton runoff

Posted By on Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 2:17 PM

With less than a day to go until the runoff for the Fulton County Commission District 6 race, the contest remains hard-fought. This morning, Joan Garner announced a last-minute endorsement by Sally Smith, one of her former opponents in the July 10 primary. Says Smith: "I am very excited about the future of Fulton County with Joan Garner as Commissioner.”

David Holder, the other losing primary candidate, had already endorsed Keisha Waites, saying: "I feel that she is a very knowledgeable candidate with solid leadership skills who would provide transparency, force fiscal accountability, and job creation within our communities."

Meanwhile, Atlanta Councilman Kwanza Hall has been furiously tweeting support for Garner; e.g. "Fulton County Democratic run-off election tomorrow. I am voting for Joan Garner are you? pls rt."

This weekend, I spotted several "volunteers" holding signs touting both candidates at major intersections and encountered a crew posting a fresh round of Garner yard signs in the Old Fourth Ward.

Since candidates for local offices usually can't afford to do polling, it's difficult to predict who has the edge in a tight race like this. (It also doesn't help that Fulton's woebegone elections office hasn't managed to put the campaign disclosures online, so we don't know how much money anyone's raised.)

Suffice it to say, it's a heated race that will be determined — if past history is any guide — by an alarmingly small number of votes. Please, whether you take my advice or not, make sure your vote is among them.

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