Taking Clayton back, one resident and/or election at a time

For those who believe that nothing any one person says or does could possibly make a difference or change things, one Clayton resident proved you wrong last week.

Recently, Lovejoy Mayor Joe Murphy and his lawyers thought they found a loophole in county law which would allow him to cross district lines and run for commissioner in District 4. According to the Clayton News-Daily, Murphy took issue with the Board of Commissioners’ decision to shut down C-Tran, the two-minute limit on public comments at meetings and tending to personal agendas.

One resident filed an election challenge to Murphy’s candidacy by citing case law which proved that candidates could not live in one district and run for office in another. Thanks to that resident’s initiative, Murphy withdrew from the District 4 commission race hours before his hearing on the matter was scheduled to take place last Friday.

The Mayor, who currently resides in District 3, will now have to wait until 2012 to run against Wole Ralph if he still wishes to serve as commissioner, or relocate to District 4 and try again in a few years.

Unfortunately the majority of Clayton residents don’t seem to come out and vote.  But with elections coming up this year, all residents who do want to see Clayton continue to improve and prosper are going to have to step up, really listen to what these candidates are saying (or not saying), and plan to hold them accountable if need be. In some cases, it will be better to just not open that door at all by (re-)electing them.

Would you vote in a candidate who didn’t actually live in your district?

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County commissioners need to form some type of relationship with folks who are not only their constituents, but also their neighbors. Even if a candidate were allowed to run for office in a district that he/she didn’t reside in, do you believe that person would work hard for your area if they lived somewhere else? Why or why not?

85 comments Add your comment

S. Ridges

May 19th, 2010
8:02 pm

Excuse me Ms. “multiple personalities”, Ridges is a part of my name so what are you trying to expose. But since you are naming off sightings, when you tell a story tell the whole story. Also in TGIF that day was Wade Starr, Wole Ralph, and Michael Hightower at the bar having drinks. They were there at the same time as the other people you named but that is not a strange sighting to you. Probably celebrating another large contract given to Hightower’s firm. Yes I was there too with my significant other, we all went there after the BOC… and it was unplanned. A couple of them that you named weren’t even together and were at seperate tables and eventually pushed tables together to talk. I even went over an spoke to them before my food came. Now a couple of those people, I’m surprised to see you so call “expose”. But one in particular who I met recently, really does not deserve this from you and you know who I am talking about. Don’t worry I won’t tell her what you really are behind the smile and wig. She is young and fresh and seems very bright and deserves a chance. There are others that you named that would be good for the people, but this one in particular is new and does not deserve this. I will not stoop so low to even mention her name as you did. You claim yourself to be for the people but really you are a puppet. Shame on you. You reallly should not be over any kind of countywide association or on any appointed board and play these games. It is really sad that you are the so called example of a community leader. A community leader should set a better example for our young people and try to work with everyone. You are so biased that everyone can tell when you are blogging no matter what name you use. You have as many names as you do personalities. Shame on you. Stop doing the dirty work and go back to the roots that you so proudly claim you have. Even if you disagree with someone, don’t throw them under the bus, agree to disagree and still recognize that they are a good leader. that is what a real community activist does. Either be one or drop the title.

Fed Up

May 19th, 2010
8:18 pm

knock on door starts home invasion…I swear the ACJ looks for the worst stories to post about CC…..Crap happens in fayette and henry that NEVER makes their ajc page…and of course they don;t have a vent either…God forbid you say something bad about those counties.

Pittbull

May 19th, 2010
10:17 pm

Anyone who uses white, or black in there posts is a racist period!Snake Oil Salesman! Thats you! You sound remarkably like that old lard belly Lee.

Sightings, OMG or whatever I choose

May 20th, 2010
9:00 am

Thou protests to much and your memory is obviously faulty. But don’t bother me I can cope with what I saw but you seem incapable. Move on Ridges, who is really hiding? You have me mixed up with someone else but then you seem to be mixed up too. What is your problem? Again I do know who you are and your day too will come too.

Sightings, OMG or whatever I choose

May 20th, 2010
9:03 am

S. Ridges,

Oh yes, I am a Man so get it right Okay!

say what?

May 20th, 2010
10:51 am

@News- Sorry but I am not Singleton. I just know that there is more to public service than beeing seen. As far as the questions you asked when you assumed that I was Ms. Singleton, how about you locate her email, and send them to her. Passing off inuendos as truth is what will continue to keep Clayton County down. Same things happens in DeKalb and Fulton Counties, but let’s try to be better citizens and stop using the old,tired politcal ranting models akin to the recent SCLC leadership and its tactics.
Name-calling is so overused, how about discussing issues?

John Stewart

May 20th, 2010
12:25 pm

@say what

Here is the fault that many of us in the county have with Ms. Singleton……She has not displayed that she has any independent thought on the board. If you have been to the board meetings you will see that she has voted lock and step with Ralph & Hambrick with the puppet master behind them all being Wade Star. I still have respect for Ms. Singleton as a person but as a politician that has long since gone out the window. We need leaders in this county with a true passion for the county, integrity and vision. WE DON”T NEED FOLLOWERS!!! The 2 musketeers need to go and cut ties back to Atlanta politics….hint, hint Hightower, hint, hint Wole working for the Atlanta City Council. Ms. Singleton you are one of the commissioners that agreed to go with Hightower’s firm to plan out the future development of the county. How could you have allow the county to have business dealings after this same man was convicted for taking corrupt payments from a county contractor. Hmm.

About Commisioner Singleton

May 20th, 2010
3:53 pm

About Commissioner Singleton we know her work in District 1. She has been working in our community since before she was elected. We will re-elect her.

ASimpleTruth

May 20th, 2010
7:05 pm

GOODBYE SONIA.

P.S. Take Cynabon with you……….and exit stage left…….

Ja Ja Binks

May 20th, 2010
7:49 pm

I will vote for Lee Scott because I belive after about 6 months on the commission, He will get involved with some type of illegal deal that would end up getting him disbarred from ever holding office again and we might just be Scott free. Sonna? sorry, whe has to go. Anyone foolish enough to vote away public transportation in an urban area must be insane!! I will vote for the newcomer for the 44th Senate district out of Fayette. NOT GLANTON OR DAVENPORT! Also, I will not vote for anyone who has not attended a forum or two!!

Politicially Savvy

May 20th, 2010
8:40 pm

All politicians are good, as long they are being influenced/paid by the rich hidden plutocrats. Behind every potential winning politicians money and favor dwells! If you’re follow the money it’ll lead you to Lake Spivey. Truth is truth!

We know you

May 20th, 2010
9:48 pm

Cynabon, now that’s funny. I do have one question for Cynabon (which is one of Sonna’s biggest supporters) and that is, Where is the Money? All that money from all those members and yet not one single financial statement. Now here is the other twist to Cynabon’s flunkies; Isn’t James Searcy one of your officer’s on the CCWHO? Shouldn’t he know where the money is? And to think he is running for the School Board again!!! And rememeber what we got from the CCWHO years ago….Sandra Scott, Wade Starr, Victor Hill, Jewell Scott. Need I say more. Yes I can, How did Cynabon get the appointment to the Tax Commissioner’s Board of Appeal? Oh yeah, Political payback from her personal friend Sonna.

Altruistic

May 20th, 2010
10:34 pm

I read widely: The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, The New Republic, etc., and a number of online resources. One thing they all agree on (except the WSJ editorial pages, where they live in FoxNews world) is that the greatest contribution to increased deficits in recent years has been a decline in revenue. In the past two years, the deep recession (caused by inadequate bank regulation) has been the main cause of declining revenue. (Before the financial crisis, the greatest contributors to the deficit were the Bush tax cuts, and the two wars.)
I know this is hard to accept for people who live in FoxNews/Tea Party land. There, it is unquestioned dogma that “out of control social spending” and “giving my $ to lazy people” is THE cause of the deficit. The problem with this belief is that it is just that – a belief – which does not match up with reality. Declining revenue has been the greatest contributor to the deficit, followed by spending on very popular programs which send money to fairly well-off seniors. Inconvenient, but true

cracker

May 21st, 2010
8:40 am

its all the plutocrats and rich old folk in cc to blame! welcome back glenn we missed you.

John Stewart

May 21st, 2010
9:08 am

@ Double Action

I will be respectful of you DA knowing your history. I am my own man & I think independently. I have no problem saying that Rock & I think along the same lines. All I know is that I have a passion for my county and excited to see the county turn around. I am tired of politicians in our county out for self instead of having a vision to bring the county forward. I could care less if you are white, black, brown, green with purple polka dots; if you are not bringing the county forward as a public servant I WILL speak on it!!

SynamonSays!...What do you say?

May 21st, 2010
12:13 pm

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RamJet

May 21st, 2010
3:03 pm

Altruistic – should be Autistic. History has shown under both Democrat Pres. John F Kennedy and under Republican Pres. Ronald Reagan, that getting the American citizens tax cuts brings more money into the Federal govt. Because less taxes- more available money – more invesments, more jobs – more people paying taxes and sharing the load. Any fool can see when you spend more than you make – it leads to deficits. This will not change until both political parties cease with the runaway spending.

NEXT STOP – Europe goes the way of Greece, and then the U.S. will follow Europe. Ain’t socialism grand.

SynamonSays!...What do you say?

May 21st, 2010
3:20 pm

We know you…yeah right…

You are a horrific liar, one of those who throws a rock and hides a hand. Since you know me step to me with that trash if you have the guts. I challenge you to an intellectual and civil debate!

The reality is you have no integrity and quite frankly show yourself to be a mean-spirited mindless individual on this blog. You seem hell bent on

First of all your play on my name shows your ignorance and inability to communicate on an adult level. Your perpetual stupidity shows that you are either uneducated or just plain clueless to meaningful dialogue. You are no match for me when it comes to communications.

This obsession you have with seeking to marginalize my efforts and the work of homeowners who give a damn about their property values and safety is evidence of your asininity. Clearly, you are a dejected individual who has an insatiable need to attack and discredit those who truly care about our county. You to this point have brought nothing to the table on this blog but ghetto, gutter rants.

Now for clarity, Commissioner Singleton and none of the other people you refer to are “personal friends of mine.” You have no idea who my personal friends are. I live in District 1 and I am very pleased with the work that my Commissioner has done over the past four years. Yes, I am a bigsupporter and will work on her behalf and several other candidates in this upcoming primary who have proven their worth and value to all of the citizens of Clayton County. What will you do? Nothing probably.

Let me end this by saying, my name is spelled Synamon.

SynamonSays!...What do you say?

May 21st, 2010
4:43 pm

One more thing and I promise to leave this alone everyone, but I just had to clarify one more thing. It is an honor to sit on the Tax Assessors. I endeavor to do the best job for all the homeowners/taxpayers as well as business/taxpayers in Clayton. The meetings are held at 3:30pm the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month and are open to the public.

I was appointed to the Tax Assessors Board because I possess integrity, as well as, the qualifications required to serve. Again, you are a mean-spirited person who seems to be suffering from something.

Clayton Countywide Homeowers' Assoc.

May 21st, 2010
7:58 pm

People join Clayton County Homeowners’ Assoc. thinking that you are dealing with the issues of subdivisions and homeowners. I joined because I thought it was a mechanism to deal with all of the builders that were leaving us high and dry in our subdivisions and dealing with our property values. I had no idea, Synamon, that this was a political action group, and I am quite embarrased to be associated with this. I think we all have the right to support whatever candidates we want and we should not be endorsing or supporting any candidates. Should any of the sorry incumbents lose, then our Association will be scarred and unable to work with the new elected officials. Synamon, I beg you to please do not assoicate CCHA with any of these races. We need to be able to work with everyone, I am a member and I am not a Sonna or Wole supporter and I don’t think they deserve to continue being in office. I’m not campaigning for anyone, I’m just saying I don’t think the association should be involved. Just support them on your own. By the way, I have not been to any meetings lately, when do we get an itemized list of where the money we collect for dues is going. I do not want my dues going to anyones’ campaign. I have spoken with my attorney about this and he also is looking in to it.

Sick of it all!

May 21st, 2010
10:55 pm

Until the community stops voting along racial & party lines, we will see no real improvement. It was wrong when it was done in the 90’s and wrong now. The only difference is the color of the skin of those benefitting. I don’t vote based on party affliation, skin color nor popularity. Sometimes the Republican candidate may be the better choice sometimes not. Sometimes the Democratic candidate may be the most qualified. Sometimes neither offering is right. I wish we could do away with party affiliations all together and just vote for the individual.

Focus Group

May 22nd, 2010
9:12 am

It is now time to present the award for “the most ten dollor words in a single blog”. And the winner is…………………………….OMG!

Focus Group

May 22nd, 2010
9:16 am

before the spellcheckers come out – dollar

Altruistic

May 22nd, 2010
12:45 pm

Ramjet, I know this is hard to accept for people who live in FoxNews/Tea Party land. There, it is unquestioned dogma that “out of control social spending” and “giving my $ to lazy people” is THE cause of the deficit. The problem with this belief is that it is just that – a belief – which does not match up with reality. Declining revenue has been the greatest contributor to the deficit, followed by spending on very popular programs which send money to fairly well-off seniors. Inconvenient, but true

J. Carter

May 22nd, 2010
5:48 pm

I cancelled my membership to the CCWHOA because financial reports were not forthcoming. I also did not agree with the choice of candidates whom Synamon unilaterly chose to endorse. It seemed like a backdoor mechanisim to fund certain candidates campaign without the knowledge of the membership! I also grew to dislike the lack of two way debate. It was Synamon’s way or the highway. We have an excellent HOA independent of Synamon and find it more comfortable to be involved this way. I don’t support Singelton for one reason, She voted to end C-Tran and now it is my opportunity to express how i feel about that in the upcoming election. I HOPE YOU ALL DO THE SAME!

SynamonSays!...What do you say?

May 22nd, 2010
8:32 pm

CCWHOA imitator,
Why do you come on this blog instead of calling me? That is what a sincere member with integrity would do. In the meantime let me tell you, lies and innuendos will not destroy the work of the CCWHOA. We are a strong group of homeowners who will not be discredited, bamboozled or marginalized by those who spread lies like those in your post on this blog. Our main concern is our property values and our safety. Have you read our mission statement lately?

We will continue to hold our elected and appointed officials accountable (therein lies the real problem that many have with our organization) and we will speak up and out when necessary.
Attempts have been made by elected officials, appointed officials and mean revengeful people to destroy our leadership and the work that we do. In the words of Maya Angelou, ” And still I (we) rise!.”

My advice to you is speak to anyone you want. We operate within the guidelines of our incorporation. Have your lawyer tell you how to start your own organization. You will not define the work of this organization. We will continue to do what we do in spite of attempts to silence us. Civic illiteracy is rampant and the citizens of Clayton are so dumbed down by our lack of knowledge. Our next meeting is Saturday, June 26th at 1pm at the National Archives and is open to all past and present members.

On another note, I am a registered voter, a tax paying citizen who is extremely involved in my community. I have no need to work through a 501(c4) organization. I have my own company for political action and civic activities. But then you would know that if you attended CCWHOA meetings and were a contributing member.

Ramjet

May 22nd, 2010
10:52 pm

amazing you seem to think all govt. spending is necessary and so – when revenues go down – then that is the reason for deficits – You prove to be a simple Democrat who cannot see the forest for the trees. When a household looses some of its income, they cut back. The govt. need to do the same. OR do you feel it is ok for the crazy fools in D.C. to keep printing money – to continue unnecessary programs, which will fuel runaway inflation, which will hurts everyone – especially the poor. And could led to an America that will resemble Somalia. That is not acceptable.

HamptonRoads

May 23rd, 2010
4:34 pm

Frankly, low voter turn-out may help this county. I think that’s what saved us (barely) from (re)electing the Scotts and victor hill. The theory is that only the informed voters will cast their ballots. I know I will.

One can only hope…

Constant Teabagger Talking

May 24th, 2010
12:14 am

HamptonRoads, you’re wrong! The Tea party in and of itself demands maximum voter awareness and black voter participation! Blacks and others are listening; watch and see!

SynamonSays!...What do you say?

May 24th, 2010
9:20 am

J. Carter another liar, not a member of CCWHOA. Thank God our members live by a higher standard. Our focus is and will continue to be stamping out civic illiteracy in Clayton County.

TheTruth&OnlyTheTruth

May 24th, 2010
11:32 am

@Synamon

Since the conversation has switched to you momentarily maybe you can ask some questions in this public forum since you are a public organization.

1. Why is there no website for CCWHOA? I searched for your organization online and could find links to various articles and events but no website. I see you are promoting your web show and just wondered why no site after all these years. Isn’t the web the fastest and one of the easiest ways to communicate information these days?

2. Does CCWHOA hold annual elections for the leadership? You mentioned in an earlier post that you “operate within the guidelines of your incorporation”. Do those guidelines involve elections for organization positions? The reason I ask again from all of the articles I have found on line over the years it gives your name as the president without any change over the years.

3. If I joined CCWHOA today would I be able to see the financial records as a member?

Focus Group

May 24th, 2010
12:52 pm

and a hush falls over the crowd……………

Clayton Countywide Homeowers' Assoc.

May 24th, 2010
1:09 pm

Here we go again. Why is it that everyone has to be a perpetrator, fake, lying etc… if they express opinions that are different from yours. I am a member, but please believe that I will not be paying dues next year. This organization is nothing but a tool used by Wade and Wole to get you to get homeowners be back their dumb ideas. I mean after all, wasn’t it Wole’s idea to start this organization anyway? If this is a public organization, where can we get the financial information on where the money was allocated to. Please mail that out to the members and I will get mine that way. I want to make sure that the money is not going to Sonna’s campaign or to your light bill.

I am so glad that other people have the same concerns. You would think that this lady would get the picture and act accordingly, but she is so caught up in Wade and Wole that she can’t comprehend. It is so sad for someone to use the concerns and problems of homeowners to push a political agenda.

SynamonSays!...What do you say?

May 24th, 2010
1:50 pm

Clearly, you do understand that I am a private citizen? What is your obsession with me? Since you seem to want to communicate with me, I suggest you attend our next meeting.

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