DeKalb County Commissioner Steve Bradshaw and Sharon Barnes Sutton

Sharon Barnes Sutton Vs. Stephen Bradshaw DeKalb County Commissioner race

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Embattled District 4 Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton is facing accusations of race-baiting from some constituents because of a campaign mailer she sent to voters on the eve of the May 24 primary.

The mailer had a photo of Stephen Bradshaw and Diane, his wife of 29 years who is white; painted Bradshaw as a puppet of the county’s three white commissioners – Jeff Rader, Nancy Jester and Kathie Gannon; and said he had voted for former Republican President George Bush.

Barnes Sutton, who has been in office since 2008, got 43.4 percent of the vote to Bradshaw’s 48.4 percent.

They will face off again in a July 26 runoff.

The primary campaign mailer has ignited a firestorm of protest from some of the very constituents Barnes Sutton is hoping will return her to another term of office.

At the June 14 Board of Commissioners meeting, constituents, both black and white, took to the microphone during the public comment session to denounce Barnes Sutton and express disappointment in her action.  Read remaining article

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