When I spoke to Mereda Davis Johnson over the weekend, she was pretty confident that she would be the next county commissioner in Dekalb. She told me, “We have to have someone on the commission that is looking after the taxpayers’ dollars.” When I asked if that would be her she responded, “that’s going to be me.” On Tuesday, her prediction came true. Johnson defeated George Turner for the 5th District seat on the commission. She had 53.12 percent of the vote. Turner had 46.88 percent.

Mereda Johnson, at the head of the table, shares a laugh with Dekalb residents and her husband, Congressman Hank Johnson. (Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)

Mereda Johnson, at the head of the table, shares a laugh with Dekalb residents and her husband, Congressman Hank Johnson. (Credit: Maria Boynton/CBS Local)

Johnson’s message for the 2,003 people who voted for her, “I thank them for their confidence in me and I look forward to being their new 5th District Commissioner.” Turner received 1, 768 votes. Only 4.56 percent of District 5’s 82,732 voters went to the polls. “We stood for stronger education, safe communities, a clean environment, and ethical government that puts our families and tax-dollars first,” Johnson said.

Dekalb County’s newest commissioner is the wife of U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson. He represented the same district before being elected to Congress in 2006.

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