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Election Day in Decatur: Coleson or Drake

Greg Coleson and Scott Drake are running for the District 1, Post B previously held by Bill Floyd.

On Tuesday, voters will pick Greg Coleson and Scott Drake to serve as the new Decatur City Commissioner.

They're running in a special election for District 1, Post B seat formerly held by after holding the post more than two decades.

Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and only registered voters in the district (which is mostly north of College Avenue) can vote. These are the polling places that will be open:

  • Clairemont East: First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave.
  • Ponce de Leon: First Christian Church of Decatur, 601 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
  • Glenwood: Holy Trinity Parish, 515 East Ponce de Leon Ave.
  • Clairemont West: The Church at Decatur Heights, 735 Sycamore Drive.

Floyd was the the commission-elected mayor more than a decade, a time when Decatur came into its own as a dining and shopping destination with a reputation for smart growth.

Coleson is a software consultant and founder, with his wife, of the Decatur Farmers Market. Drake is the director of client services for SolDesign, an interactive marketing agency. Neither candidate has held elected office. Floyd has endorsed Drake.

Other stories about the election.

  • Q&A with Greg Coleson, Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Q&A with Scott Drake, Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Bill Floyd leaves commission Jan. 7.
  • Special election set for March 19.

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