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ATL District 4: Torry Lewis


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Leaders in the public sector have plenty of public resources to promote their political views, accomplishments and experience. Often much more can be found in the public record: personal and campaign finance disclosures, expense reports, and business, tax and court filings. Here’s what they show: 

Torriel Deyon Lewis

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Torry Lewis

Torry Lewis

Torry Lewis owes the state ethics commission $550 for late filings related to his campaigns for the state Legislature in 2006 and 2008. Some of the late fees were incurred, Lewis said, because he did not realize that the law at the time required filing disclosures with both state and county officials. His business also owes the state Department of Labor $1,695 for unpaid unemployment taxes.

Political career

  • Ran for a Gwinnett Couny seat in the Georgia House in 2006, finishing with 44% of the vote in the Democratic primary against Pedro Marin. With a low turnout, he was just 95 votes shy of Marin.
  • Finished with 42% of the vote in a 2008 rematch with Marin.
  • Faces Cleta Winslow in the Nov. 5 election for a seat on the Atlanta City Council.

Ethics cases


  • Adjunct instructor in political science, Chattahoochee Technical College, Marietta, Ga. (Lewis’ disclosure form lists his occupation as professor.
  • Student,
  • Managing partner, Spire Property Partners LLC (formerly Talent Hall LLC), building maintenance services.

Business ownership interests

  • Spire Property Partners LLC.
  • UNDISCLOSED: The Burnes and Lewis Group LLC. Lewis said the company, last registered with the state in August 2012, is inactive.

Other fiduciary positions

  • None disclosed.

Real estate holdings

  • Personal residence valued at $90,000.

Other investments

  • None disclosed.

Tax lien

  • The state Labor Department placed a $1,695 lien on Lewis’ business, under its former name Talent Hall LLC, in May 2013 for unpaid unemployment taxes. Lewis said he had not been notified of the lien.

Campaign contributions

Donors have given more than $10,000 to Lewis’s campaign committees since 2008. The breakdown by election cycle:

  • 2008: $1,486
  • 2013: $9,225
  • Reported cash on hand (Oct. 25, 2013): $460

Top donors

  • $2,500 (in-kind) Andrew Shoyoye, owner Drews’ International Auto Sales, for use of a campaign RV
  • $1,200 Spire Property Partners LLC
  • $1,000 West End Discount Pharmacy
  • $500 Paschal Ike, Atlanta, Ga.





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