DeKalb Democrats Announce DeKalb County Board of Registration and Elections Nominees

DeKalb County, GA (Friday, June 2, 2023) – The DeKalb County Democratic Committee (DCDC) has selected Democrats Susan Motter and Vasu Abhiraman as their nominees to the DeKalb County Board of Registration and Elections for the 2023-2025 term. The nominations were announced to members and supporters at their monthly countywide meeting last night. 

Susan Motter has agreed to serve another term on the Board. A dedicated member since 2019, Motter’s reappointment for a third term will maintain essential continuity and considerable expertise on the Board. A passionate defender of voting rights and skilled attorney, Motter currently works as an Associate Partner at Aon, a global professional services firm.

Dele Lowman-Smith, who served two terms and led the Elections Board as Chair through critical staff changes and a global pandemic, has chosen to step down to pursue other opportunities. After an application and interview process, the DCDC has selected Vasu Abhiraman to replace Lowman-Smith. 

Born and raised in DeKalb County, Abhiraman brings an extensive wealth of knowledge of Georgia election law and procedures. Most recently, as Senior Policy Counsel and Deputy Policy & Advocacy Director for the ACLU of Georgia, Abhiraman led a variety of initiatives to expand voter access, improve voting procedures, and recruit election workers in coordination with Elections Directors across the state. In this role, Abhiraman also worked with volunteers to monitor Board of Elections meetings across Georgia.

In 2020, Abhiraman served on the Georgia Secretary of State’s Bipartisan Task Force for Safe, Secure, and Accessible Elections to ensure that all Georgians could vote safely during a global pandemic. The effort resulted in more Georgians casting ballots in the 2020 General Election and Runoff than in any other elections in Georgia history. Abhiraman also served as a DeKalb poll worker for several years and currently serves as Senior Counsel at Alliance for Justice.

“We are very happy to reappoint Susan Motter to serve another term. She and Dele Lowman-Smith set the bar very high for serving with dedication and integrity. We would have loved to reappoint Dele as well, but we understand her wishes and are so grateful for her strong leadership under very challenging circumstances,” said DeKalb Democrats Chair Brandi Wyche, “We are thrilled that we found an exceptional candidate to take her place. Vasu not only has an impressive resume, he has earned great respect among those that know and work with him. He’ll be a fantastic partner to all members of the Board and staff, and a tremendous asset to DeKalb elections. We look forward to a speedy confirmation from Chief Judge Jackson for both he and Susan.” 

The nominations for all members of the DeKalb County Board of Registration and Elections will be confirmed by DeKalb Superior Court Chief and Administrative Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson who will also select the fifth At-Large member of the Board.

Dekalb Dems announce newly elected State Committee Members

State committee member elections were held at our last business meeting on February 28, 2023. Each Dekalb County Commission District elected three people to represent them as voting members of the Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG), except for CD5 where we have one vacancy. Each Super Commission District elected one member, bringing the total to 16 new state committee members. Here are the election results and our new representatives to the DPG:

Commission District 1

  1. Michael Greenwald
  2. Amy Swygert
  3. Andrew Heaton


Commission District 2

  1. Clare Schexnyder
  2. Jean-Louis Sankale
  3. Cindy Wilsky


Commission District 3

  1. Karen Davenport
  2. Larry Lowe
  3. Gloria Moore

Commission District 4

  1. Kenneth Royal
  2. Jade Gibbs
  3. Bridgemon Bolger

Commission District 5

  1. Dorothy Wiley
  2. Barbara Campbell

Super Commission Districts

  1. Brandi Wyche – SCD 6
  2. Janetta Cureton – SCD 7
Coordinated Campaign Office Now Open in Chamblee

Coordinated Campaign Office Now Open in Chamblee

The Democratic Party of Georgia (DPG) has opened a field office in Chamblee to help coordinate the campaign activities of multiple Democratic groups working here in DeKalb County through the midterm elections. Organizers and representatives from DPG, the Dekalb Dems, the Young Democrats of Georgia, and several candidates are working with the Coordinated Campaign office to ensure that we deploy the most robust and effective Get Out the Vote strategy in the history of DeKalb County.  We strongly encourage our house district chairs, precinct captains and others to reach out to the Coordinated Campaign office to participate in the many volunteer campaign activities planned and to get canvasing materials. This office will help all of us build a cohesive strategy for the upcoming midterm elections. The office is located at 

5383 New Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Chinatown Mall, suite # 5389-N 

(The location is close to the front of the mall.)


Sunday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – Thursday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Friday 11:00 am – 7:30 pm

Saturday 8:30 am – 9:00 pm

2022 Candidate Forums

One of the core missions of the DeKalb County Democratic Committee is to educate voters. To help you get more information about the contested statewide primaries in 2022, we hosted a forum series highlighting candidates from many of these races. More information about the candidates that won the Democratic primaries and who will be up for election this November will be posted soon.

RUN-OFF Forums for Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Insurance Commissioner, and Labor Commissioner - 6/12/2022

Lieutenant Governor Candidates: Charlie Bailey and Kwanza Hall

Secretary of State Candidates: Lauren Alexander and Michelle Long Spears

Insurance Commissioner: Raphael Baker and Janice Laws-Robinson

Labor Commissioner: William Boddie, Jr. and Nichole Horn

RUN-OFF Forums for District 2 School Board and County Commissioner, and HD 86 & 90 State Representatives - 6/11/2022

District 2 School Board Candidates: Whitney McGinniss and Candice McKinley

District 2 County Commissioner Candidates: Lauren Alexander and Michelle Long Spears

HD 86 State Representative Candidates: Jacqueline Adams and Imani Barnes

HD 90 State Representative Candidates: Saira Draper and Michelle Schriener

HD 88 and HD 90 State Representatives Forum - 5/7/2022

HD 88 State Representative Candidates: Billy Mitchell and Gabrielle Rogers

HD 90 State Representative Candidates: Saira Draper, Peter Hubbard, Bentley Hudgins and Michelle Schriener

HD 84 and HD 86 State Representatives Forum - 5/7/2022

HD 84 State Representative Candidates: Omari J. Crawford and Maurice Raeford 

HD 86 State Representative Candidates: Jacqueline Adams, Imani Barnes, and Marvis McDaniel-Ivey 

Secretary of State Candidate Forum - 4/20/2022

Secretary of State Candidates: Dee Dawkins-Haigler, John Eaves, Floyd Griffin, Bee Nguyen, Michael Owens

Insurance Commissioner and State School Superintendent Forum - 4/16/2022

Insurance Commissioner Candidates: Raphael Baker, Janice Laws Robinson, and Matthew Wilson.

State School Superintendent Candidates: Curry Hutchins, Jaha V. Howard, James Morrow, Jr., Alisha Thomas Searcy

Stonecrest Mayoral Candidate Forum - 4/6/2022

Stonecrest Mayoral Candidates: Diane Adoma, Jazzmin Cobble, Kirby Frazier, and Charles Hill, Sr. 

Agriculture Commissioner and Labor Commissioner Forum - 4/2/2022

Agriculture Commissioner Candidates: Wilfred Dukes, Nakita Hemingway, Fred Swann

Labor Commissioner Candidates: Rep. William “Will” Boddie, Jr., Thomas Dean (no show), Nicole Horn, Lester G. Jackson, III, Nadia Surrency

Lieutenant Governor Forum - 3/23/2022

Candidates include: Rep. Erick Allen, Charlie Bailey, Tyrone J. Brooks, Jr., Tony Brown, Kwanza Hall, Jason Hayes, Rep. Derrick Jackson, Rashid Malik, Rep. Renitta Shannon