Posted: 1:51 pm Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Polling memo says Vernon Jones running No. 2 in DeKalb race for sheriff 

By Jim Galloway

As we have often explained, internal polls made public by candidates should be taken with a great deal of salt – given that they are often used to pry campaign cash out of the hands of skeptical contributors.

On the other hand, surveys of this nature can also be legitimate guides that explain a candidate’s approach to the contest – and allow that candidate to publicly prioritize any rivals.

This afternoon, we received a polling memo generated by Melvin Mitchell’s campaign for DeKalb County sheriff. The automated survey, conducted among 1,524 likely voters on April 13 and 14, has a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percent.

The poll focuses only on three of the eight candidates. Not surprisingly, the survey puts Mitchell – a sergeant with the Atlanta Police Department — in the lead, with 38 percent. Former DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones polled 32.4 percent. Jeff Mann, who served as chief deputy under Sheriff Tom Brown and is now interim sheriff, came in at 24 percent.

Read the memo yourself here:

One important thing to keep in mind: While this vote will be held on May 20, it is not a primary contest. Brown, who resigned to challenge U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, still had two years left in his term. So his replacement will be filled by a special, nonpartisan election – and a likely runoff.

While all eight candidates on the ballot are Democrats, DeKalb Republicans will be voting in this contest as well. Which would explain Jones’ 32.4 percent mark.

15 comments
kimmieb
kimmieb

I've been following candidate LaSalle Smith Sr., who has a lot of experience in law enforcement. He is a DeKalb Co. resident and has history of FBI, GBI experience. He also worked for the Atlanta Police in the past. This man seems to have good principals and morals. Heads his own Security Company. Please review. I think DeKalb needs a new refreshing person in office. This candidate has also been married to the same woman for over 40 years. Now that is determination and commitment. I only wished I lived in DeKalb County, but this guy has my support

TheBetterHalf
TheBetterHalf

I would not vote for Vernon Jones as dog-catcher, let alone Sheriff of DeKalb County.  The first time I saw one of his campaign signs, I thought it was a joke!  Then again, looking at Clayton County and the success of Victor Hill, it's kind of sad and a little scary!  Hopefully the citizens of DeKalb won't let this happen!! 

FinnyAnne
FinnyAnne

I can only hope that these polls remain true on May 20th. DeKalb County needs a new sheriff who is moral and has proven law enforcement experience. I certainly do not understand why party politics should have anything to do with the Sheriff's race.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

So as best I can tell, Jones is a conservative Democrat who would appeal more to Republicans, but he has a history of using his office for personal reasons and cronyism to replace white employees with black ones.  Sure looks like a mixed bag where the more liberal constituents of Dekalb would be opposed except some blacks would agree with with his racism.

Glad I don't live in Dekalb on many levels.

The Goobernator
The Goobernator

Vernon Jones is a perennial offender and litterer. His campaign signs have illegally littered highways, vacant properties, and even public property right-of-ways for months. He knows this is illegal, as does his posse. He just does not care about obeying the law. Why would anyone vote for this lawbreaker...as Sherrif?

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

In a field of eight candidates, a just universe would have vernon jones finishing ninth. I can only hope that other DeKalb voters feel the same as I.

td1234
td1234

Yet another example as to how progressives will rehire a corrupt politician.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

"While all eight candidates on the ballot are Democrats, DeKalb Republicans will be voting in this contest as well. Which would explain Jones’ 32.4 percent mark."

I don't understand this comment - anyone have some more precise insight?

MoFaux
MoFaux

@TheBetterHalf  All I see in my neighborhood are signs for Vernon Jones.  He obviously has a fair amount of cash.  The seniors must like him, as they tend to be the homes I am seeing with his signs up.  He won't get my vote though.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@The_Centrist "Glad I don't live in Dekalb on many levels."

I think I can speak for the majority in DeKalb, and say the feeling is mutual.

DannyX
DannyX

@td1234, again you don't know what you are talking about, Vernon Jones is not a progressive, he identifies as a conservative.  He supports a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, is pro death penalty, is for mandatory sentences for illegal drug crimes, supports drilling for oil on federal land, is for school vouchers, is for removing all campaign donation limits, wants to eliminate all gun control, and is for a balanced budget amendment.

Kamchak
Kamchak

Yet another example as to how progressives will rehire a corrupt politician.

David "Diaper Boy" Vitter says, "What?"

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@The_Centrist It is basically a special election to fill the remaining two years of Brown's term, analogous to a special election to fill the remaining term of an official who dies or resigns. Had Brown's resignation occurred earlier or later, there would have been a special election at some other time, but in this case it is held in conjunction with the scheduled primaries.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

@DannyX @td1234 There you go, Danny, being redundant again. It is a given that the moniker ''td1234' is synonymous with "you don't know what you are talking about."