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?

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May 17th, 2010
11:06 am

I think that Clayton County voters have got to realize that the anti-incumbent fervor may hurt our chances at continued improvement. Voters should do there research and vote on each candidate’s record and not just “throw all the bums out”.

Clayton Resident

May 17th, 2010
12:03 pm

I’d never vote for someone who didn’t live in my area, how can you really care and know what’s going on if you live somewhere else? Isn’t the point of having a commissioner are supposed to be in touch with where they live and its needs, right? But why am I surprised Joe don’t live in Lovejoy either that’s been the rumor for years now but he keeps getting elected. As a Lovejoy residence didn’t appreciate Joe attempting to jump ship shows he’s not loyal to us either just to political power. Hope other Lovejoy residence remember this one come election time but probably not and Murphy knows it. His reasons for running in another district are lame too.


May 17th, 2010
12:39 pm

Some say Lee was behind Murphy’s bid – in order to split the white vote and get jewel elected.


May 17th, 2010
12:46 pm



May 17th, 2010
12:53 pm

I would like to file an election challenge regarding, candidate Shegale Crute who has qualified for District 1. Please tell me the proper steps. The list of candidates on the county website has a P.O. Box Address. How so I file a challenge? Do I go to the Secretary of State?

Sightings that make you go hmmmm...

May 17th, 2010
1:09 pm

Seen some strange sightings lately or should I say, politics makes strange bed fellows?

Sightings…Joe Murphy. Shegale Crute, Jackie Woods and Xavier Ross at TGIF…hmmmmm…
Former Police Chief and Rosalilia Barbee at movie in the park…hmmmm…

What about strange hearings, Victor Hill calling around pumping for votes For Shegale Crute, hmmm
Eldrin Bell telling anyone who will listen in District 1, they need to get rid of Commissioner Singleton, hmmmmm…

John Stewart

May 17th, 2010
1:21 pm


All you need to do is go down to the County Elections office to file a challenge. Easy as that!!

Board of Elections and Registration
Director: Annie C. Bright
Jonesboro Historical Courthouse – Main Floor
121 South McDonough Street, Jonesboro, GA 30236
Telephone (770) 477-3372

Sightings that make you go hmmmm...

May 17th, 2010
1:46 pm

Thank you so much John Stewart.

Tech Nerd

May 17th, 2010
2:04 pm

People I’m voting against
Sandra Scott


May 17th, 2010
2:38 pm

Tech Nerd, the beauty of America is that you have that right, but as for me and my house Commissioner Sonna Singleton has our vote!


May 17th, 2010
3:33 pm

“Moving Clayton Forward.”

We do not want what we had under the Crandle Bray and Charley Griswell administrations!

Kim, can you tell me what does taking Clayton County back Me? Who wants it back? And from whom do they want it back from?


May 17th, 2010
4:04 pm

Among other things, I would assume that residents of this county who want to live in a decent area, and particularly homeowners who have watched their property values plummet to next to nothing while constantly being asked to pay out more money in taxes would want to find ways to get involved and take this county back – whatever that means to each individual, and however each individual chooses to get involved. The resident who filed the election challenge is a good example. He could have watched the saga play out and then complain about how and why it happened after the fact, but he instead made a difference in the outcome before someone else ended up representing an area in which they didn’t reside (Noresse Haynes anyone?) and/or more Clayton drama got played out on the nightly news.

But hey, maybe not. Some are/were satisfied with the status quo and if you’re one of them, then you’re good to go I guess.

I still believe things are slowly improving, but bottom line if we vote in the wrong candidates in the upcoming election we could slide backwards instead of forward.


May 17th, 2010
4:43 pm

TechNerd – Why such a hater?

Let’s see – Sandra Scott – BOE – last 4 standing. Disgrace – well ok on that one.

MS. Singleton – altho I do not care for commissioners doing the bidding of their mentor, I think -that she thinks – she is doing what’s best for the county. She bears watching.

Mr. Glanton – I have worked with this man and have broke bread with him. I have seen him work tirelessly on projects for the youth of our county. He was a leader in the legislation to make BOE boards more responsive and more ethical. What can you say about his opponent other than she threatens to bring Jesse Jackson down on those who disagree with her – and to her everything is black and white. She is not the one for Clayton to move forward.


May 17th, 2010
5:08 pm

Kim, thank you for that response. Next question, how do we determine who the “wrong candidates are?


May 17th, 2010
5:14 pm

Ram Jet,
Singleton is an independent thinker, a woman with education and compassion whom I have broken bread with. Glanton is self-serving and will throw any black person under the bus if it benefits him. I really can not believe that Scott woman would even have the nerve to run for anything anymore.


May 17th, 2010
5:26 pm

Progressive: Although I will share relevant information when and where I can, you need to do your own research to determine who you deem to be the right or wrong candidates worthy of your vote.

I am sure there will be plenty of political forums and opportunities coming up for you to attend and determine for yourself (although no one should rely solely on those events or anything written in this blog to base a vote on). Talk to your friends and/or neighbors who vote and discuss the candidates. But I would also think that if you have been paying attention during the past several years, and if not took some time to research the track record of some current candidates, you will find your answer(s).


May 17th, 2010
5:31 pm

Please contact your representatives using the link below and ask them to extend unemployment and COBRA benefits through 2010 for the unemployed if you are so inclined.


Stop being stupid

May 17th, 2010
5:57 pm

Who is the idiot who thinks that they should not vote for any REPUBLICANS? Can you NOT see the downward spiral this county has gone in with NOTHING but DEMOCRATS in charge? For you to rule out persons because of party lines is ignorant. As Forrest Gump’s momma always says, “Stupid Is, Stupid Does.”
Neither of the Parties is for you and me anymore. Stop being so fooled. Dang People, wake up!!!!!! Vote the person, not the party and certainly not the friend. Vote the best qualified candidate that has common sense.

Out of District

May 17th, 2010
6:01 pm

Everyone keeps voting for David Scott, but do you all know that he lives in a posh million dollar home in Atlanta. He has never lived in Clayton County. He does not live in his District either. Talking about loopholes.


May 17th, 2010
9:02 pm

Independent thinker – is that what you call the wade starr protege – Sonna. She was also a pal of Victor. don’t be such a hater – who are you ? Gail husband.


May 17th, 2010
9:13 pm

All these people on this blog trying to tell folks how to vote. Almost all the politicians are liars, Glanton is one of the main reasons the county lost accreditation he and Buckner sold accreditation to Sonny for school reform legislation and lost in 2009. Then Sonny told the world about Glanton unethical non-taxing talent. All the forums these policitians attend will be lying feast. The plutocrats still run this county—remember they have all the money to run to the media and make Jesus look ulgy.

Right Thinking

May 17th, 2010
9:18 pm

Keep chasing the boogeymen — and you’ll soon find yourself lost in the woods. Michael Steele is an Uncle Tom. The only reason he’s chairman of the RNC is because President Obama won the election and the Republicans wanted to look like they are inclusive. I’m tired of these shuffling negroes like Michael Steele and Herman Cain allowing the Republican Party to use them as puppets. The Tea Party crowd has broad appeal among Americans of different parties and ideologies. But one of these days, he’s going to have to wake up and face reality. The Tea Party movement primarily consists of a bunch of angry Republican voters — angry that former half-term Governor Sarah Palin wasn’t elected Vice President — who are too embarrassed to admit that they will always vote Republican, no matter how disingenuous and corrupt. Your children and grandchildren will still be paying for two unfunded wars


May 17th, 2010
9:22 pm

David Scott does live in his district, Clayton is a part.

Keep up the good work

May 17th, 2010
11:29 pm

Keep on voting for school board candidates who refuse to address discipline in a meaningful way.

Keep on getting the substandard school system you richly and fully deserve.


May 18th, 2010
5:20 am

Remember David Scott voted FOR the health care debacle. He must be thrown out!


May 18th, 2010
7:21 am

vote SINGLETON out. She can’t be trusted. Vote ALL the Commissioners out.
She has done NOTHING for our community. lies! lies! lies!

Singleton….you and ALL the other puppets will be voted out!! Hold on…….

Focus Group

May 18th, 2010
8:00 am

If all Clayton County employees lived in the county THEN we would start seeing some improvements in all things. Elected officials are one thing, but we need the REAL workers to have a sense of ownership. Example; The man in charge of economic development is known for refusing to live in Clayton county but he is in charge of “selling” it to others. He should LOVE IT before we give him a pay check.


May 18th, 2010
8:02 am

right thinking, everything is white and black with you isnt it?

Progressive is Wrong

May 18th, 2010
8:06 am

Progressive, you will have to start using another alias. For each time you speak as if you know what you are talking about you should just do a little googling to find out that you don’t really know Jack. David Scott and his wife and their grown children live in Atlanta, Fulton County on Hurt Street. So the lesson to learn here is twofold: Don’t vote for anyone who does not live in their District and especially anyone who has not lived in their District for almost 10 years because they are out of touch with the community. Unless you really shop or work in the community, you really don’t know what issues we really face; and Two: Know what you are talking about before you state anything. Some people actually believe this stuff here and rely upon it for insight.


May 18th, 2010
8:50 am

to find a person used as a puppet by his party, in the manner that Right Thinking writes, look no further than David Scott. A hack, a tool, and an object of admiration for those who want to vote “cool” instead of using original thought. (oh excuse me, thinking for ones’ self is tomming, isn’t it?)

Annie Duke fan

May 18th, 2010
8:56 am

no David Scott don’t live in Clayton but represents several areas and counties but can only live 1 place. who can you blame him for not living in Clayton right now? I live here and would sell my house if I could. When is the last time someone who actually lived in Clayton ran for Scott’s seat anyway? A congressional seat can’t be compared to a commissioner seat a commissioner can and should live where he represents. that would be impossible for any congressman to do. and for the record I’m not a David Scott fan or supporter, just stating the facts, ma’am.

S. Ridges

May 18th, 2010
9:20 am

Sightings that make you go hmmm….or S.B. (shhh I won’t tell anyone)….. Who cares who is seen together. I am so sick and tired of people trying to tell people who they can or can not talk to. Either you need a job, or you simply have too much time on your hands to know this much gossip. That is sad. If the former chief and Barbee were together at a movie… SO WHAT! If the crute woman, Joe Murphy, somebody name Xavier, and Woods were at TGIF…. SO WHAT! I see Crute and Woods talking to everyone including you. You are suppose to be able to talk to everybody as an elected official. Unlike the current incumbents who shut a meeting down and refuse to listen to the people who elected them, or other incumbents who never show up until election time. Let’s vote out all the incumbents and if the next group doesn’t do what is good for their respective districts, let’s vote them out next time. It is time for change. Our community needs a new brand. I think that we need a young and more energetic group of dynamic leaders. I am tired of the same old fuddy duds.

By the way.. sightings that make you go hmmm…you forgot to log back in under OMG when you said thank you to John Stewart…. you see everything else, but I guess you didn’t see that.


May 18th, 2010
9:50 am

S. Ridges your political ignorance behooves me. Sadly you do not see the correlation. I am not going to waste time my time to educate you. Some get it some don’t clearly you do not or your response would have been more intelligent.

Word up I can blog under whatever name I want to as you have done. I know who you are from your response. But I am not going to call your butt out yet!


May 18th, 2010
10:24 am

It’s a potentially great time for all Clayton County residents. Get the word out to everybody, VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

Be they Democrat, Republican, Independent – Black, White or other…do your homework and make sure we have the best possible people in positions of trust for Clayton County. We need people that care about CC and not about nepotism, casting favors, or lining their own pockets. HInt: If they failed miserably before, there is a great probability that they will fail again.

I am really starting to get excited about the idea of a County that isn’t the laughingstock of the Atlanta Metro area anymore. Clayton County is on the verge of being a rising area that we can be proud of and I would hate to see it all slide back down the toilet bowl due to voter indefference. Let’s put some good, caring people in office!

Clayton County will rise by 2014!!!!


May 18th, 2010
11:36 am

Really wish Joe Murphy could have ran, we need new faces in Clayton County that will get the job done, He has done great job for Lovejoy. Unlike Alex Cohlias, and all the other BOC. At this moment I would vote for anyone willing to run in any district to get reid of the BOC we have now.


May 18th, 2010
11:52 am

S. Bridges..BINGO! You exposed Paprika and her love of certain idioms. HA! HA! HA!

jimmy (conservative brother)

May 18th, 2010
12:13 pm

I guess it would be redundant to say throw the bums out but it mus be said, “throw the bums out.” Career politicians need to be a thing of the past. We have watched career politicians destroy the fabric of this county to enrich themselves. They left office and inserted their cronies in their places.
When choosing a candidate we do need to pay attention to who the politician is but we also need to pay attention to who their associates are. We could vote out a bum only to replace him with someone from the same political machine. Be vigilant and we can turn this county around.

Scott not in District

May 18th, 2010
12:14 pm

David Scott’s domicile is NOT in his District. It was restructured a few years ago, but if you look at his District on a map, you will see that it only borders the most heavily Democratic voting census and that is called gerrymandering: Gerrymandering – Redrawing voting district boundaries to favor a specific party. David Scott was redrawn out of his District.
Do you think he represents you still? I don’t believe so and that is my opinion. However, I do know one thing; he did not believe in us enough to move into the District he represents. He does not pay taxes in those Counties to which he represents either. And unless you go to Washington on an appointment, you will rarely ever speak to him. He is so insulated that he has no clue to what your real issues are. He and ALL of Congress are out of touch with reality. They keep voting for pay raises for themselves and you can’t do anything about it. They receive a Golden Parachute for Retirement, and you don’t. They opted out themselves their businesses and their families from the healthcare bill…Now that should tell you something, but yet you all keep voting him and all of the other incumbents back in office.
David Scott also was a huge supporter of Barney Frank; he personally helped raise financial support for Barney Frank’s bid for re-election for the past two terms. And in case you don’t know who Barney Franks is, he is the Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services. Now are you getting the picture? If not, let me draw it a little more clearly. Barney’s boyfriend was the CEO and Owner of one of the largest failing Mortgage companies that preyed upon low income minority voters, but hey, you all kept voting for him then complaining that Bush was to blame. Know the players and know the game. I’ll bet most of you can’t name your Two U.S. Senators, but know who the Dancing with the Stars are and what they do, and who your favorite sports teams coach is and who he played for in college, and who your favorite sports player is and what his stats are, but yet when it comes to our elected officials, you don’t care.

Progressive African American

May 18th, 2010
12:52 pm

Alas the supporters and actual individuals from the Scotts, Phaedra Grahams, Oritha “Rick” Scoggins, Victor Hills, Joe Murphy, Roberta Abdul Salaam gangs have decided to infiltrate this blog of educated and informed citizens of Clayton County. I can only assume that there are a handful of individuals not affiliated with the above mentioned click of gangsters that are actually posting genuine messages.

Point is – people who can read, write and see between the political lines will go out to vote this year…as they always have. We will do this with or without a gift card, and with or without a C-TRAN bus service. Why, because it has always been important. The demographics that the above mentioned gangs cater to are no longer electoral game changers.


May 18th, 2010
3:12 pm

Please try to be specific and give some examples as to why you would or would not vote for a particular candidate. I’m no fan of Commissioner Singleton but it was said previously that she’s done nothing for the county. I don’t think this is true because she did vote to discontinue C-Tran bus service which, in my opinion, was good for the county. If that’s the only positive thing she’s done in 4 years than that would reflect negatively!

I won’t vote for Lee Scott because he has done zero, nada, nil to support or promote the community in which we both live. I don’t consider the proposed Freaknik party at the Scott’s event center to have been supportive of the community.

I won’t vote for Jewell Scott because she has already demonstrated her incompetence as a DA and her poor performance will likely carry over to anything she does. I can’t afford to give her a second chance.


May 18th, 2010
4:52 pm

The question is what has Singleton done for Clayton County in the past 3 1/2 years?
I havent seen her in a very long time, and I live in her district. WAIT!! I seen her a couple of times this year having public safety meeting (JOKE LAUGH). It’s funny to see folks who are running to get re-elected into office get more involve in the Communities when its Electon Year!!!. HAHAHAHA!!!

Sightings, OMG or whatever I choose

May 18th, 2010
5:07 pm

Simple truth,
The truth is you are simple. Enough said. You have been exposed little person. Time reveals all.


May 18th, 2010
6:37 pm

David Scott I can live with. Lee Scott, Jewel Scott, and “anyone connected with them”, is an accident waiting to happen! If these people get in office, Clayton County will loose what little it has left, including employers, stores, etc.. Crime will run rampant, as it did with Jewel in office before.


May 18th, 2010
9:48 pm

As a former 35 yea resident in Clayton county, something better happen. The school ls going broke. The schools used to be so good. This just makes me ill AND glad my lovely house sold. My own children received good educations at Mt. Zion and Jonesboro. I loved teaching here.

say what?

May 18th, 2010
10:28 pm

Wow, name calling and accusations- just what we need on a blog. The day after Mother’s Day I received a beautiful piece of ‘vote for me” literature from Shegale Ralph (not the name listed on the literature). Attempted to go to her website, but it is down (still is). I was able to send her an email, and she gave some crafty artfully designed answers. For me, anyone FOR C-Tran won’t get any votes from my household.

“Vote them out” is what got us in the trouble this county and country are in. Not a good way to live your life.

@News- The public safety meetings in East Clayton have been going on since last year when community policing was in full effect. Where were you when each s/d had its own meetings scheduled at the rec. center?

Do we really need to “see” our representatives in our community to know what they are/are not doing? I mean Saxby Chambliss represents my area but I don’t need to see him in the area to know what affect he has on me and mine. Eldrin Bell represents all of Clayton County, how many places should he be at everyday to know that he is working for me? and just because you see your representative in the community and kissing @$$es is that all we need to gauge the work of that person. If so then the Scott’s and Hill would still be in office.

Snake Oil Salesman

May 19th, 2010
12:07 am

Let stop listening to these silly folks on this blog trying to tell us how to vote. If they have time to blog they are fortunate and don’t need money. If they don’t need affordable healthcare, they are not for you. If they can’t not create jobs, they are not for you. Raw truth is the white republician wants these four year to fail’ thus you as a people–Americians—loss! Remember, they have all the money! You regular old voters Loss! To bad this media helps them! Even with a black face on it!


May 19th, 2010
2:10 pm

@say what? or should I say “Singleton”…

I’m glad you’ve been stopping by, Really…It’s ok. You are trying to hard. What is it about this county that just makes you want to run again? Is it the people? the grass? or is it the MONEY?

YES!! we do need to “SEE” you in my community.
YES!! I can “SEE” how our district has been negleted. All you have to do is drive around and you can “see” many dumping areas (homes) with tires, trash.

And so on and so on…

“VOTE THEM OUT” Singleton!! Ralph!! Hambrick!! = Wade Starr and Alex Cohilas


May 19th, 2010
2:21 pm

Clayton has suffered long enough with the current Congressman, David Scott. I am disappointed that someone would post that they would not vote for “ANY REPUBLICAN”. This is the same mindset that is counter-productive to fixing the problems in our Country. We ALL are living the result of one-sided government: excessive spending with no way to pay for it. Taxes increases are the equivalent of digging your way out of a 13 foot ditch with more digging. Tickling(Stimulating) the economy is only good for a temporary chuckle or maybe a brief laugh.

We should vote for our elected officials based on the issues and solutions provided by the candidate. If we continue this childish\gang-like behavior of only voting for Democrats (BLUE) or Republicans (RED), instead of looking at how legislation affects our lives, we will continue our economic decline.

The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Under David Scott(D), Clayton County Schools lost accreditation, we were provided little relief from the floods except when our Vice-President came to town, we lost thousands of jobs when he voted AGAINST Lockheed Martin, etc… In the 4 Terms of this incumbent, we all, democrat, republican, independent have suffered. I am running for Congress and I will support fixing our economy as my 1st priority. Start voting for yourself, your future and your children. Don’t vote Left or Right, Blue or Red, D or R this Congressional Election.

Vote for Rupert Parchment, (www.parchmentforcongress.com)


May 19th, 2010
2:50 pm

I don’t want or expect any candidate to kiss my @$$ but I do expect them to have had some sort of prior interest in there community other than attaining an elected office. I’d guess that I’ve been to about 50 community meetings over the years and the Scotts have never attended any of them. I’m sure that some would say that maybe they were to busy. I’d have to counter that I believe that everyone that did attend has something else that they would rather do but they attend to provide support, if nothing else.

The good thing about the upcoming election is that it provides us another opportunity to clean house.


May 19th, 2010
2:52 pm

I am disappointed that someone would post that they would not vote for “ANY REPUBLICAN”. This is a major part of the problem going on in Washington today. What we ALL are living through is an environment where one side is pushing excessive spending and entitlements without a way to pay for it. When there is a break-down of communication, teams fail, businesses fail, marriages fail and yes, a Country can fail too.

What is the example we provide for younger generations when we discriminate based on political party affiliation? Left vs Right, Dem vs Rep, Blue vs Red and NO ONE is moving forward except elected Officials like David Scott who vote for pay-raises for themselves. I instead encourage you to start think about yourself, your family and your future generations instead of finger-pointing.

Our Congressman voted AGAINST Lockheed Martin and we lost thousands of jobs, we already know about Clayton County Schools losing accreditation and the domino effect it caused, then there was the floods, with his constituents dying, while our “Representative” cowered in Washington under Joe Biden’s skirt and then the “Jobs Fairs” attended by his major donors with a $1 admission fee. Your better off putting your resume in the Shredder and dumping it in your attic for insulation. How’s that for green energy? Anyway, the list goes on…

The definition of insanity: keep doing the same thing over and over and over and expect a different result. We have given David Scott 4 chances and he consistently screwed us! You wanna have the same result, put him in office again!

However, I instead challenge you to vote for yourself and your interests. In this Congressional Election, Do not vote for a Democrat, Do not vote for a Republican, vote for Rupert Parchment. I am a small business owner running for Congress in Georgia’s 13th District. If elected, Small Business, JOBS & our economy is 1st priority along with education. I believe in school choice & vouchers just like many Clayton County parents did when they took their kids out of Clayton Schools and put them in accredited schools. They made a choice for their children. I will be the extension of you in Washington.

Hopefully, you can look past the D or R and support my Campaign to fix what’s broke: Our Country.