DeKalb County, GA, November 6, 2014 – by Trey Benton – The outcome in Tuesday’s DeKalb County District 1 Commission race to fill the seat held formerly by Elaine Boyer, who resigned back in August and pled guilty to bilking taxpayers out of nearly $93,000, was a bit of a surprise.
Holmes Pyles, an 86-year-old Stone Mountain area resident and retired Government Employee, who did not campaign; did no fundraising; has no website or even an email address, emerged as the top vote getter out of five candidates in the race.
Not among those surprised by Tuesday’s election results, was Pyles. “I’m pleased, but I’m not surprised,” he said in an interview with The Post. “I’ve had much experience working with State Crime Labs, Law Enforcement and Health Departments and I’ve seen a lot of stuff go by the boards.”
Pyles says he thinks politicians only try to make a name for themselves. “We can’t keep letting politicians spend taxpayer money to manipulate us. I think I can improve DeKalb County, as well as the DeKalb County Government.”
Pyles added chuckling, “One thing I also bring to the table, I’ve got built in term limits.”
Nancy Jester, former DeKalb County School Board member and Actuarial from Dunwoody, came in second in the race. “Looks like we are in the runoff….To my opponents who have finished their portion of the race – Well done. Thank you for offering yourself for public service,” Jester told supporters after Tuesday’s results came in. “To all of my supporters – Thank you! I am grateful beyond words. We have more to do. We have another race to run.”
Jester says that if elected, “I will protect the taxpayer by working to reduce the size of county government while improving the delivery of services.”
Perhaps DeKalb’s District One residents were preconditioned to the idea of a runoff, particularly because of the number of candidates in the race, but many thought it would be between candidates Nancy Jester and Wendy Butler, or perhaps Larry Danese. Holmes Pyles’ name didn’t come up in most runoff discussions.
Be that as it may, Pyles showed up on Election Day.
It’s Pyles and Jester in a runoff that will be decided on December 2nd, to represent some 140,000 residents in Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, Dunwoody, and Tucker as the DeKalb County Commissioner for District 1.