Who will be Morrow’s next City Council person?

Morrow residents have a difficult decision to make come March 16, as all three candidates vying to fill the unexpired term of former City Councilman Charles Sorrow have served the city well.

“My decision to run is born from my commitment to the City of Morrow, and from my desire to bring fresh ideas to the table, facilitate a strong quality of life for my neighbors and make an impact on the city’s continued development,” says 15-year resident Jeanell Bridges. Along with working at the Tourist Center, she’s worked for the Morrow Downtown Development Authority as a Property Manager and Annexation Clerk, serves on the Urban Redevelopment Board, attends council meetings and volunteers regularly citywide in various capacities. “I trust that my commitment to Morrow is evident through my citizenship, my constant support of the city and ways through which I serve,” adds Bridges. “I’m totally committed to the city and to her citizens.” Contact: jbridges@bridgesformorrow.com or 404.424.6567.

Forty-year resident James Duckworth is an active volunteer in city programs, as well as leader of Morrow’s CERT program and P.R.O.U.D., a neighborhood watch and improvement program. “I have rarely missed a city council meeting and am sometimes disappointed at how little information we get from council meetings. I would like to see a better flow of information from city government to citizens. I believe I could help improve the communication gap by encouraging citizens to become more interested in our government and by improving our city website,” says Duckworth. “I am also disturbed by the amount of commercial property the city owns. While I realize this would not be a good time to sell, I feel that should be part of our future plans. I think putting the property in private hands would be beneficial to the city by getting it back on the tax roll, and would encourage business interests to take a closer look at Morrow as a viable opportunity to succeed.” Contact: jimdforcouncil@bellsouth.net.

After working as the city’s longest running manager for 11½ years and taking over its economic development authority, John Lampl resigned in order to run for city council (again) after having been elected Morrow’s youngest city councilman at age 25 and serving two terms (1991-1998). “Residential foreclosures are having major impacts on our property values. Economic development projects need to continue because we’re providing small business opportunities, and 75% of all jobs are created by independent businesses. We have plans, but they need to be implemented in a timely fashion,” says Lampl. “I have tremendous energy and vision, and want to see what we’ve done here continue and take it to the next level.” Contact: John.lampl@yahoo.com or 678.360.5999.

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Early voting has already begun at the Morrow Municipal Complex (1500 Morrow Road; 770.961.4002) during regular business hours through Friday, March 12, and Election Day is March 16.

54 comments Add your comment

bigdogears

March 8th, 2010
10:52 am

I can’t vote in Morrow but good luck to the winner. You’ll need it! The Morrow business district has reputation of being plagued by crime. It will take an engaged and united city council to turn public perception.

City of Morrow Resident

March 8th, 2010
11:49 am

Jeanell Bridges will be the first woman to sit on the City Council in 30 years. She gets my vote and I am a man. Women of Morrow should vote in record numbers since they are the majority in the City of Morrow. It is past time for a woman in City Hall.

American Businesses in Morrow

March 8th, 2010
12:04 pm

Has an American Black or any other minority ever been on the Morrow City Council ?

Morrow has a diverse community that includes, Asians, American Blacks & American Whites, Hispanic/Latino and Indian.

American Blacks constitute the largest voting population followed by American Whites, Asians, Hispanic and Latinos.

The businesses in Morrow are primarily run by Asians and Indians. They do not hire American Blacks or American Whites. Check out the businesses yourself and you will verify this. They do not put any money back into the city of Morrow. They do not support our schools or churches. I believe this has impacted on the local economy in the city. The city needs to be UPSCALED and small business owner friendly. We need more American businesses City Council members!

Me Should

March 8th, 2010
12:09 pm

Morrow Has a CBD? I never knew that. LOL just playing but anyways good luck to all the Canidates.

old timer

March 8th, 2010
3:10 pm

As Economic Developement Director..I wonder how much indebt Morrow is… They just keep spending money!

MorrowDude

March 8th, 2010
5:29 pm

The current Morrow City Council should be praised for their leadership in redeveloping the city. Olde Towne Morrow and Morrow Center are two great additions. Street improvements have improved general appearance of Morrow. What Morrow really needs is more high-quality housing and businesses.

American Businesses in Morrow

March 8th, 2010
8:13 pm

Double Action,

All the businesses you speak of are not small businesses. We need small businesses in Morrow that will hire Americans. Small businesses are the economic engines of any community. Get my point. Instead of trying to challenge my statement, just receive and move on.

No surprise!

March 8th, 2010
11:22 pm

American Businesses in Morrow

Race baiters always come out of the closet at election time.

I support you

March 9th, 2010
7:54 am

If you all don’t win the city council seat…PLEASE RUN OR THE CC COMMISSIONER SEAT. I love what Morrow has done and would support any Morrow candidate for the BOC

Captain Midnight

March 9th, 2010
10:18 am

Check your facts Double A. Neither Lowes or Home Depot are in the city limits of Morrow. I’m sure that you could name a few more..That arn’t in Morrow either.

Scotto

March 9th, 2010
2:59 pm

How is that Olde Town Morrow project coming along? Drive by it on the way home from work each afternoon, but see no activity. Is the project complete? Whoever wins the council seat has some explaining to do about that boondoggle of a project.

American Businesses in Morrow

March 9th, 2010
3:57 pm

It is not race baiting when you point out a fact. Obviously, you did not get it but that is No Surprise!

old timer

March 9th, 2010
5:45 pm

Spend spend spend…..I know Morrow looks good…but as we all know looks are deceiving.

Captain Midnight

March 9th, 2010
5:55 pm

Hey Scotto, if your curious, stop in and check it out. It is open to the public you know.

Tyme4ChangeClayCo

March 10th, 2010
9:03 am

More police firings, transfers, ‘management decisions’, demotions, shift changes…
Whose reallly in control over there?
Why all the drama with CCPD NOW?

Captain Midnight

March 10th, 2010
10:02 am

Double action, Thanks for your concern as to my productive citizentry.I do have a job currently, but not at Lowes or Home Depot. Neither of which are in Morrow.

Captain Midnight

March 10th, 2010
3:01 pm

Double Action, your glad I “finally” found my current job 18 years ago?
I think you have me confused with someone else, but thanks for your concern anyway.

American Businesses in Morrow

March 10th, 2010
9:26 pm

How does double action go from small businesses to telling people where to get a job. Obviously does not get the point. Seems to have confusion about people and issues. Always on the attack. Give it a break please.

Watcher

March 10th, 2010
11:37 pm

Who cares who wins! They’re all run by the plutocrats; none have any business sense! All the candidates broke and do what money tells them. Up with more strip mall, like the so-called “Mall Project”. MHS have only won 1 football game in three years. The entire town need to be revamped!

Looker

March 11th, 2010
12:00 am

Tyme4ChangeClayCo asked, who’s is charge? More police firings, transfers, ‘management decisions’, demotions, shift changes…Whose reallly in control over there? Why all the drama with CCPD NOW?
Here’s your “answer”! the plutocrats, the same ones that sold your children accreditation. However, you have a dummy in Clayton that say, “i like to watch”!

Resolute

March 11th, 2010
8:48 am

Looks like Clayton has found another way to start the county in an upward forward way. Condemning substandard housing. That is good news.

Focus Group

March 11th, 2010
3:17 pm

Hey, let’s get back on topic. City of Morrow. Election. Vent your county frustrations where they belong. Geez! (All right now. Come may attack me at will.)

Please!

March 11th, 2010
4:33 pm

Watcher
Looker
Equals
Glenn Dowell
Only person I have ever heard use the word “plutocrat” in almost every thing he posts. Learn some new vocabulary. You are boring.

Wade Dorminy

March 11th, 2010
5:56 pm

Strange that some one mentioned Morrow High School’s dim football record as a reason to “revamp” the city. Only parts of the city that are east of the railroad tracks along Jonesboro Road go to Morrow anyway; the westside of Morrow is districted to Forest Park High. Forest Park has a similar losing record though. Not to long ago both were region power houses; maybe both programs can have an upswing. Babb Middle that feeds into Forest Park had an undefeated season. As a life long Morrow resident I can say Morrow is much more well kept than the surrounding municipalities of Forest Park and Lake City and a million times better maintained than adjacent parts of unincorporated Clayton County. Who ever gets elected, keep up the good work.

Fifteen year resident of Morrow

March 11th, 2010
11:40 pm

I have lived here for 15 years and ever time I went to city hall to find out about elections I was put off one way or another. My work schedule does not allow me to attend the council meetings. I received a letter in the mail today from Ms. Jeanell Bridges that gave me more information than I have ever received. She has my family’s vote.

WTF

March 12th, 2010
12:40 am

Where is Bob Hartley?

James

March 12th, 2010
3:14 pm

Morrow’s newest city council member will be elected next week. All residents who are registered voters, please go to the polls if you didn’t cast your ballot in the early voting. We need to elect someone who will continue with Morrow’s economic redevelopment and will work to bring in new housing. Morrow could also use an active adult (55 and over) housing development.

Day of election – March 16, 2010. Hours: 7:00am to 7:00pm at Morrow City Hall Complex.

MorrowDude

March 13th, 2010
7:27 am

I agree, Morrow needs more new housing and a senior citizens development would be a welcomed addition. The economic redevelopment the city is doing must continue. Olde Towne Morrow is a great addition and is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Festival from 5-9 pm on Wed., March 17. If you haven’t visited Olde Towne, this would be a great time to do so.

Headhunter

March 13th, 2010
4:59 pm

WTF :”Where is Bob Hartley?” Bob Hartley resides under the bridge at I-675 and Anvil Block Rd.

Olde Morrow

March 13th, 2010
5:38 pm

American Business in Morrow:
Yes, Morrow has had a minority council member. Tom LaPorte, of Puerto Rican decent, was the first Hispanic elected to office in Morrow and Clayton County (1999). He also served on the Planning and Zoning Board before joining the council.

Impounded in Morrow

March 13th, 2010
7:44 pm

On the campaign trail for Jeanell this morning my car was impounded. The following is an account of what happened.

* I was putting up Jeanell Bridges signs according to city code on Lake Harbin and as approved by the owner of the establishment
* Upon finishing I preceded down Lake Harbin to Morrow Road to my home 1 block away
* I noticed the officer in the turning lane on to Jonesboro heading south in my mirror.
* He turned on his flashing light and instructed, “driver in the blue cavalier to pull over into the turning lane (which was in front of him) turn left and pull into BP station”
* I followed the officers instructions and once he approached me I asked, why did you stop me sir?
* He replied that he ran my plates because he was following up on a stolen car report and as a result saw that I had no insurance.
* I informed him that my insurance had just been reinstated on ,Monday, March 8, 2010 and I attempted to show him the print out of my insurance with policy information
* He said that did not matter because according to his computer I was uninsured and that was what he had to go by, not my documentation,
* He told me that he would cite me and impound my car. I tried showing him my insurance documentation again and he refused and told me to get out of the car
* I told him I live right around the corner couldn’t I just take my car home.
* He said no and went on to tell me that I must get a letter from the insurance company and so on to get my car back.
* I took pictures at the scene, because I truly felt that I was being harassed and targeted. (Earlier in the week when I was putting up signs, another police hollered at me out his window, “Do you have a permit to put up that sign”)
* As I was taking the pictures, the officer said, I do not know what your agenda is but, I did not stop you because of the sign on your car, I do not even live here. (Keep in mind I never accused the officer of anything. I complied respectfully).
* The officer went on to tell me, not to put the picture on the internet, because he has a family. ( I was dumbfounded by that remark).
* I contacted my aunt who came to retrieve me and my belongings. A campaign volunteer drove up at the time to assist us.
* We all went directly back on the campaign trail for Jeanell after they towed my car!

There is truly something wrong here.

GET TO TO THE POLLS AND TAKE SOMEONE WITH YOU TO VOTE JEANELL BRIDGES!

Please!

March 14th, 2010
7:43 am

The officer was right! If your car is not listed as insured in the state database, you are not legal to drive the vehicle.

Focus Group

March 14th, 2010
11:04 am

Was LaPorte “elected” or “appointed”? Did he ever receive a vote? Porte Rican decent? Keep stretchin’ for minority status. He also moved away from Morrow and remained on the council. That is not legal. That secret was kept to keep control of the council so they could choose the next member instead of letting the citizens elect one. That old city manager. When will somebody investigate the illegal practices?? Hello?? AJC??? WSB?? Anybody paying attention?

MorrowDude

March 15th, 2010
5:55 am

DoubleAction, I was referring to a senior citizens HOUSING community, designed specifically for those 55-and-over. Like those on Walt Spephens and Wright’s Walk. I wasn’t talking about a senior citizens center. Sorry about the confusion. There are a number of area seniors who would like to live independently in a neighborhood with those in their age bracket.

i like to watch

March 15th, 2010
8:36 am

then glen dowell needs to go back to school to learn how to spell.that is if he can find time after cleaning the plutrocrats office.

maggie

March 15th, 2010
9:40 am

John has far more expertise in Morrow’s progress, public safety, QUALITY DEVELOPMENT, etc. He has done so much for the city. Not only that, but John and the Council keep the city looking good, over all. (Poor Forest used be pretty and a nice place, but no more.) I pray that John wins tomorrow. From what I’ve heard, Jeanell just wants a “black” foot in the door so that Morrow can be taken over. Plus I know her and don’t trust her. Another Riverdale we don’t need either.

old timer

March 15th, 2010
2:09 pm

John was a tyrant. He ruled by fear and intimadation. Good ridance. There are lots of people who could do a better job. Do not be tricked by a good smile.

Mr. D.

March 15th, 2010
4:05 pm

I thought that most of Morrow was for senior citizens anyway. I know that the Skylark subdivision at the base of Phillips Drive is overwelmingly 55 plus. The joke has been for years that Morrow was for “old folks and Asians”; why does not someone of Asian descent run for council. It seems that their large community truly does not have a voice. That would be true diversity on the City Council that reflects our community. It is too late for anyone to run now, but there is always next time! For now, I guess ole Lampl will get my vote. He is not perfect (none of the candidates are) but I do feel like he is a big part of the reason that Morrow is still so nice. Morrow almost seems an island of well-kept tranquility amid the stormy seas of Clayton County yuck. Also, if I were a resident of the Lake Spivey area I would hurry and incorporate before the unincorporated Clayton County yucky run-down neighborhood disease gets to you.

Olde Morrow

March 15th, 2010
5:23 pm

I voted for LaPorte twice. I met his family. They are as Rican as you get. My wife and his were friends. We know she moved from Morrow, but he rented a place for more than a year before he had to give it up to be with his family.

I agree with Mr. D. I think Lampl will get my vote in the morning. He can be a pill, but he really knows Morrow and he made all the plans for parks and beautification. Property values are a real issue in this economy, much more than heresy or idle rumors.

old timer

March 15th, 2010
6:53 pm

Lampl is a loose cannon. One of these days his shading dealings will come to light. He is not what he appears. Be very affraid.

Captain Midnight

March 16th, 2010
10:01 am

Old timer, New to politics are you?

James

March 16th, 2010
4:52 pm

Lampl has the experience to do the best job. Double Action, please think before posting here- you have your own blog on which to post your rants which make no sense.

BnB

March 16th, 2010
6:23 pm

ex-Chief Turner cleared of wrong-doing. Does this mean he gets his old job back? Now it is proven this was nothing but a witch-hunt by the Chairman and the 3 – make that 4 stooges.

old timer

March 16th, 2010
10:14 pm

Been around a very long time….Lampll’s experience is akin to the Chicago thug..though he will win..he has the money…people hate him though…

Rival

March 17th, 2010
7:54 am

Who the hell won?

kallen

March 17th, 2010
9:14 am

Shannon, M.Div.

March 17th, 2010
9:17 am

According to That Other Paper, Lampl won.

Captain Midnight

March 17th, 2010
1:26 pm

Old timer, you mean like that “Chicago thug” that’s currently in the White House? John Lample is the only reason that Morrow doesn’t look like Rierdale,Jonebuh and the rest of the “Bankhead hwy” cities that make up the rest of Clayton county. You should be thankful that this young man even wants to Live in Clayton county, much less try and preserve it.

Juan Carlos Diego Raul Sanchez

April 1st, 2010
1:16 pm

it does not matter…really…

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