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Sheriff’s race among top Fulton elections

Posted in Articles by dionrabouin on June 4, 2012

(Written for The Atlanta Voice 6/1/2012)

ATLANTA – Fulton County Sheriff Theodore “Ted” Jackson will vie against four challengers next month in an effort to retain his incumbent role as the county’s top law enforcement officer.

The list of challengers was finalized May 25, the filing deadline for any candidate vying for elective office in Fulton County.

The sheriff’s race is widely expected to draw the most public attention before the July 31 primary, but there are various other offices up for grabs, including several judicial posts, three seats on the state board of education, several senior administrative posts and a seat for tax commissioner.

The general election will be held Nov. 6.

In the sheriff’s race, four candidates are competing against Jackson to assume the responsibility of managing a jail that remains under federal oversight because of a lawsuit filed over dangerous, dirty and overcrowded conditions.

Besides Jackson – who’s held the post since 2008 – the candidates are:

Frank L. Brown, who retired in 2006 as East Point’s first African American chief of police and who ran unsuccessfully for sheriff in 2008.

Curtis Farmer, a Fulton County sheriff’s deputy who has worked with the Fulton County sheriff’s department for 24 years.

Richard Lankford, a former pastor who was elected Fulton County Sheriff in 1984 and 1988. Lankford was convicted of tax evasion and extortion in 1990, but later had those charges overturned.

Charles Shelton, a salesman who ran unsuccessfully for Fulton County Sheriff in 2008.

In state board of education races, District 1 incumbent Linda G. Schultz is being challenged by candidate Robert Goodman. In District 3, retired business owner Gail Dean is running unopposed. In District 4, incumbent Linda Bryant is being challenged by candidates Retina Burton, Anna Croley and Paula J. Ward.

In the tax commissioner’s race, incumbent Arthur E. Ferdinand is being challenged by candidates John Jamont and Royce John Morris.

Ferdinand recently came under fire publicly when it was reported that he made $347,000 last year by personally – but legally – charging to collect property taxes in three Fulton County cities. Those collections helped make him the state’s highest-paid elected official, according to published reports.

In the other races, eight candidates are vying for State Court judgeships, four for clerk of Superior Court, two for solicitor general, one for surveyor and one for probate court judge.

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