There are candidates who could skate by without so much as a runoff since there are only two Republican challengers at the local level (District 4’s Lee Scott and District 77’s James Brown). So you may not get a second chance to vote if you don’t do so on July 20.
Voter turnout is historically low when a presidential candidate is not in the running, especially during the primaries. So, dare I say, your vote could literally make or break someone’s candidacy.
With so many candidates in the primaries, choosing can be difficult – and detrimental – if we choose wrong. Especially at the local level – long time Clayton residents can attest to that fact.
Some helpful tools to decipher who should and should not get your vote are located right here at the AJC. The Race for Clayton County School Board: A system in recovery is a helpful Q&A article showcasing some of our candidates for school board.
For more information on candidates in local and statewide races, you can also check out the AJC’s Voter Guide produced by the League of Women Voters of Georgia.
New candidates running for office in Clayton will either change the game entirely, or maintain the status quo under the incumbents. Whether this is a good or bad thing depends on your perspective. Stay tuned.
Come back after the elections to discuss the results, and how you think they could affect Clayton county’s future.