Category Archives: Dekalb

18 Candidates Enter 6th Congressional District Race

Eighteen candidates have officially qualified for the April 18, 2017 Special Election for the sixth congressional district. This week, Secretary of State Brian Kemp hosted qualifying to fill the seat following the confirmation of former federal Representative Tom Price as the new Health and Human Services Secretary in Washington, D.C.

Qualifying closed at 1 p.m. today. Eleven Republican candidates – David Abroms, Mohammad Ali Bhuiyan, Keith Grawert, Bob Gray, Karen Handel, Judson Hill, Amy Kremer, Bruce LeVell, William Llop, Dan Moody, and Kurt Wilson – qualified for the seat. Alexander Hernandez and Andre Pollard qualified as Independent candidates. Five Democrats – Ragin Edwards, Richard Keatley, Jon Ossoff, Rebecca Quigg, and Ron Slotin – also qualified for the seat.

The sixth congressional district covers parts of Cobb, DeKalb, and Fulton counties.

To take part in this contest, eligible Georgia citizens must have registered or already be registered to vote on or before March 20, 2017. Advance in-person voting will begin on Monday, March 27, 2017. On Election Day, the polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. A run-off election, if needed, will be held on June 20, 2017.

Qualified candidate information can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

Deal: Home Chef to create more than 1,200 jobs in DeKalb County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Home Chef, a meal kit delivery service, will create more than 1,200 jobs and invest $3.35 million in a new DeKalb County facility by 2020.

“Home Chef is among the many innovative companies using Georgia’s high-performing transportation infrastructure to grow their distribution network,” said Deal. “By establishing this new facility and utilizing the state’s skilled workforce, Home Chef will be able to reach more of the Southeastern market and meet the needs of a growing customer base. I look forward to the company’s continued investment and growth in our state.”

Home Chef’s new facility will serve as a wholesale purchasing, assembling, packaging and distribution center. To house the new center, the company will lease a 140,000-square-foot facility on Lithonia Industrial Boulevard.

“We’re undergoing tremendous growth and are excited to expand our distribution footprint,” said Pat Vihtelic, Home Chef founder and CEO. “The culture of collaboration makes Georgia the ideal location for us today and tomorrow. We’re confident that DeKalb has the skilled workforce necessary for us to achieve our ambitious growth goals.”

Home Chef currently employs more than 500 people nationwide in marketing, technology, production and customer service. The company delivered more than 1 million meals in 2015 and expanded to nationwide service in 2016.

“Home Chef’s presence in DeKalb will be the first meal kit delivery service production facility in metro Atlanta, an exciting new concept taking the nation by storm,” said Decide DeKalb President Ray Gilley. “With this unique project choosing to locate in the heart of east DeKalb, it signals to us and hopefully the rest of the business community, the incredible opportunities available here for additional jobs and investment. DeKalb’s robust transportation network, close proximity to the airport and diverse workforce will help enhance Home Chef’s delivery capacity to new and existing customers in and around the southeastern United States.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) project manager Josh Stephens represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with Global Food Properties, Decide DeKalb, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Georgia Quick Start and Georgia Power.

“In partnership with our economic development allies in DeKalb County, we are thrilled to celebrate the news that an innovative company like Home Chef has decided to grow their U.S. operation in Georgia,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “We are in the business of creating quality job and investment opportunities across the state, and we are looking forward to the positive impact that Home Chef is sure to have on the region.”

 About Home Chef

Home Chef is a meal kit delivery service with fresh ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes available nationwide. Home Chef offers 13 meals that can be selected from a new menu every week, with step-by-step instructions for quality dishes made right at home. For more information on Home Chef, visit

Kemp Orders Recount in State Senate District 43 Race

ATLANTA, GA – Today Secretary of State Brian Kemp ordered a recount of all ballots cast in DeKalb, Rockdale, and Newton counties in the July 26 Democratic primary run-off election for state Senate District 43. Dorothea “Dee” Dawkins-Haigler requested a recount this morning after losing by ten votes to Tonya Anderson.

“In Georgia, a losing candidate can request a recount if it is submitted in writing to the office’s Elections Division within two business days after certifying election results, which occurred on August 5,” stated Secretary Kemp. “To request such a recount, the difference in ballots cast for the top two vote-getters cannot be more than 1%.”

There were 8,542 total ballots cast in the SD 43 Democratic run-off race. Anderson received 50.06% with 4,276 votes compared to Dawkin-Haigler’s 4,266 votes.

County elections officials will conduct the recount between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2016. Individuals can find certified results for the July 26 run-off races through the Elections Division’s website.

Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible, and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities, charities, and professional license holders.  For more information about the office, visit our website at Follow Secretary Kemp for agency news on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.