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Orson Has Strong Lead Against McChesney in DeKalb School Board Race

Newcomer Marshall Orson appears to have ousted incumbent Don McChesney in the race to represent Druid Hills, North Druid Hills and Brookhaven on the DeKalb County board of education.

Newcomer Marshall Orson appears to have ousted incumbent Don McChesney for a seat on the DeKalb County Board of Education.

Orson, a Druid Hills Middle School parent, will represent Druid Hills, North Druid Hills and Brookhaven on the DeKalb County board of education.

"I'm grateful to the voters for their support," Orson told Patch late Tuesday night. "I look forward to the opportunity to work on behalf of all the children of DeKalb."

McChesney, a retired Gwinnett County educator, beat out Orson and "Coach" Ella Smith in the 2008 election and has served as the District 2 board representative since January 2009.

With all precincts reporting, Orson recieved about 62-percent of the vote. Absentee ballots have yet to be counted.

Orson is the co-president of the Emory LaVista Council — a parent group that aims to inform the school community —and co-founder and partner at consulting firm Melbourne Partners.

District 2 includes Cross Keys and Schools, Druid Hills Middle School, Ashford Park, , , Laurel Ridge, McLendon, Medlock, Montclair and Woodward Elementary Schools.

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