By Maggie Lee

Three candidates are running for the top elected job in Fulton County, which will make one of them the chair of a body that oversees almost $1 billion in annual spending in a county that’s home to more than 1 million people.

Robb Pitts, Gabriel Sterling and Keisha Waites all have their eyes on the Fulton County Commission chairmanship, and want to fill the unexpired term of John Eaves, who left the post to run for mayor of Atlanta. It’s an at large seat, so every Fulton voter will see this question on their ballot.

Property taxes are on all the candidates’ minds, just months after a taxpayer revolt triggered by new, higher assessments. This year, the commission froze residential property taxes at 2016 levels. It meant immediate relief for homeowners, but left questions about how a growing county and school systems will get cash to operate.

Update: Robb Pitts and Keisha Waites are in the runoff

Click to read the Q and A with each candidate:

The candidates’ first financial disclosures must be filed by Oct. 30.

Early voting is already underway at several locations and times. Election day is Nov. 7. Runoffs, where necessary, will be held on Dec. 5.

Maggie Lee is a freelance reporter who's been covering Georgia and metro Atlanta government and politics since 2008.

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