STONECREST, GA—It’s official: Alecia Washington was elected as the city’s District 3 councilwoman on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Washington overwhelming defeated write-in candidate Karyl Clayton. Washington received 2,995 votes, while Clayton received 6 votes, according to DeKalb County’s unofficial results.
Clayton waged a write-in candidacy campaign after missing the three-day qualifying period, which ended on Aug. 25,2022 with Washington declared as the sole candidate in the race.
There was no stopping Washington on Tuesday as she made her third bid for the District 3 seat, receiving nearly 3,000 votes. In November 2021, Washington garnered 33.22 percent (303 votes) and was the closest challenger to Jazzmin Cobble, who was re-elected in the three-way race with 64.91 percent (592 votes). In 2017, Washington withdrew from the District 3 race, leaving Cobble unopposed.
Earlier this year, Cobble left the District 3 seat and was elected mayor in the special election held in May 2022 to fill the unexpired term of Jason Lary, the city’s founder and first mayor. Lary resigned to plead guilty to federal fraud charges.