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Congressman Johnson announces 2014 winners of CBCF scholarships

Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced the winners of the 2014 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Spouses Education Scholarships. The five winners hail from across the Fourth Congressional Dis


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Fieldstone gets new precinct in Rockdale

Voters in Rockdale County’s Fieldstone community will cast their ballots at a new precinct on May 20. Life Church, located on Salem Road, is being sold and will no longer be used as a voting site for the community.

Fieldstone residents will now vote at Peeks Chapel Elementary School, 2800 Avalon Parkway, Conyers.

Elections officials will mail out notifications over the next few weeks informing the 3,800 voters in that area of the change. Signs will be posted at Life Church as a reminder.

Absentee voting by mail started on April 5 and in-person early voting starts April 28 at 1400 Parker Road. The absentee and early voting period ends May 16. For more information, call 770-278-7333. 


Southwest DeKalb PTSA to host District 5 School Board candidates  

Candidates running for the District 5 School Board seat will pitch their campaign platforms at a forum set for April 28, 7 to 9 p.m., at Southwest DeKalb High School, 2863 Kelley Chapel Road, Decatur.     

The South Lithonia Neighborhood Coalition and the Southwest DeKalb High School PTSA are presenting the forum.      

A selected moderator from the PTSA will pose questions to the candidates. Audience members will be able to provide questions to the candidates as well.

For more information, call 404-387-3176 or 404-944-1472. 


Meet the contenders for state school superintendent

The Greater Lithonia Chamber of Commerce will host present the candidates running for state school superintendent. The Chamber’s luncheon meeting will be held May 15, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at This Is It Restaurant, 2853 Panola Road, Lithonia.

There are 15 candidates in the race: six Democrats and nine Republicans. All of the candidates have been invited.

Reservations are required. To RSVP, visit     


AKA sorority sets forum for DeKalb sheriff candidates

The Stone Mountain/Lithonia and DeKalb Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. are hosting a forum for DeKalb County sheriff candidates on Tuesday April 22, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Stonecrest Library at 3123 Klondike Road, Lithonia. 

Five of the candidates running for sheriff have confirmed their attendance: Dale Collins, Ted Golden, Melody Maddox, Melvin Mitchell, and Lasalle Smith, Sr. 

Sidney Wood, host of The Sidney Wood Show, WAOK 1380-AM, will be the moderator.
Alpha Kappa Alpha is a non-partisan service organization and does not endorse any political candidates.  The organization is hosting the event to increase voter participation in the Primary and General Election as well as stimulate public discussion about the upcoming election.
Come out and have your questions answered and make an informed decision on your vote for DeKalb County Sheriff.  RSVP with your questions to:  


Community groups to host DeKalb Board of Education candidates

Several community organizations are hosting two forums for DeKalb Board of Education candidates this month.

The first forum will be held Tuesday, April 22, at the Tull Auditorium Emory University’s School of Law, 1301 Clifton Road, Atlanta, 7 to 9 p.m.

The second forum will be held Tuesday, April 29, at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur.   

The forums are part of Leadership DeKalb’s voter education project, It’s For Them, DeKalb, funded by The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Participating partners include the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce, DeKalb Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Junior League of DeKalb County, Leadership DeKalb, League of Women Voters of DeKalb County, Parent Councils United and South DeKalb Improvement Alliance.

Candidates will participate in a Q&A panel moderated by Linda Torrence, media veteran and principal/chief executive officer of Torrence Management/Communications, LLC.

The forums are free and open to the public. No registration is required.


Greater Piney Grove to present DeKalb candidates

A forum for all DeKalb County candidates running in the Primary will be held April 26, 10 a.m. to noon, at The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, 1879-1921 Glenwood Ave., SE, Decatur.

This will not be a debate. Rather, candidates have been asked to submit written responses to a set of questions.  The questions and answers will be distributed to the public on April 26.
The forum, which is open to the public, is sponsored by: 

The Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church

Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., Nu Mu Lambda Chapter


DeKalb Democratic Party

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