Don’t put off til November what you can do on July 20!

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. 

Will you vote in the July 20 primary?

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Additionally, the Georgia Gang credited the AJC’s PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter on July 18 for helping to expose Rob Telihet’s faux campaign commercial discrediting Ken Hodges.

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.

73 comments Add your comment

School Employee

July 22nd, 2010
3:14 pm

@Straight No Chaser

Fact: I had a couple of people (Democratic Party) come to my house on Mt.Zion to ask me to vote for Sonna Singleton.. They even offered to fill out the paper work and mail it out for me.. My responce was “NO, NO, NO” (Joke Laugh). Shame on you Kevin Thomas!

My vote was also for BARBEE. I have no worries, she will continue to represent our District 1.

RayJay

July 22nd, 2010
5:49 pm

Borodawg and Roach – Clayton has 271k people – under 18 cannot vote. Clayton has less than 150k registered voters. Still less than 20% voted.

BnB

July 22nd, 2010
6:12 pm

Surreal – - you don’t have brain, do you. The REPUBs did not bring Scott into their fold. He can declare any party and run. You know -like Obama saying during the campaign that he was a Moderate. The REPUBs couldn’t do anything – they figured the public knew Lee’s shenanagins. Too bad the fools that voted for him did not know they could have just left it blank. Or maybe his payroll is bigger than we think.

say what? – - if you checked what Truthstater said – you would have found out – he stated the facts. Just cause you don’t like ‘em – don’t mean they ain’t true.

no the truth – - The truth is not in you. Sandra Scott is a bad choice, but the voters made it – primarily they were inpressed with her “stand up to power” B.S. She was one of the 3 worse Members of that last BOE. Unethical, self-serving and just 1 step up from Nedra Ware and gang – from the BOE before hers. And if you actually researched and found who of the Clayton delegation had done more to promote Clayton county – That person would be Mike Glanton. The delegation thought highly enough of him to make him the leader for the delegation. A hater without facts is nothing but a crybaby. Educate yourself before you speak – otherwise you sound stupid.

No support from Democratic Party

July 22nd, 2010
10:24 pm

For the record, Commissioner Singleton did not receive any support from Democratic Party or Kevin Thomas.

Realty

July 22nd, 2010
11:14 pm

@BnB, you are the dumbest political speculator in Clayton, admit it you lost on your speculation! People in some districts know “BOLD & HONEST LEADERSHIP”! Idiots like you are still living in “Deception & FoxNews Land”! WAKEUP IT’S 2010! Get over your silly self!

Realty II

July 23rd, 2010
12:22 am

@BnB, again people in Clayton and Henry saw through you and the chocolate pillsbury doughboy (MG) you lost by a landslide; truth is pillsbury done (NOTHING) for the people, but help take accreditation! The flip side, people in November will vote the whole democratic ticket (EXCEPT) Buckner and Edmond! Get ready!

Clayton County is chock full of Clowns

July 23rd, 2010
10:30 am

I dont see why you all say you voted when ya didnt. Thats the problem in CC is all the lying, stealing etc.

GROW UP clayton county.

BnB

July 23rd, 2010
4:27 pm

Hey Realty – Does your name denote land and home / or real things and happenings. Will I get an answer? Also your racism is showing.

By the way, your “bold and honest leadership” phrase and the actual truth about Sandra’s time on BOE – The difference between these is quite immense. It is apparent – your biggest talent is your ability to change your blog name on this forum. I hope you enjoy the steady downfall of Clayton as the people of your political persuasion try to take to the land of Obama-nation. God does have a sense of humor.

19&41

July 23rd, 2010
10:30 pm

A person selling fertilizer is not a realtor and not selling realty.

James

July 24th, 2010
5:17 pm

Gail Buckner is a wonderful lady and will be a great Secretary of State. We are proud of her!

Jill N.

July 24th, 2010
5:51 pm

I like Sandra Scott. Congratulations to you and Gail Davenport for your wins. Way to go!

PH. D

July 24th, 2010
7:51 pm

Don’t worry folks, we will be watching them very closely. It’s amazing what you can find when you do an “open records request”. Things will soon be revealed.

To be continue….

James

July 25th, 2010
7:26 am

Double Action: How is your little joke of a website going? Perhaps you should reserve your negative dribble for it, especially since you are about the only one who posts there.

Barnes for Governor, Porter for Lt. Governor, Buckner for Secretary of State.

Borodawg

July 25th, 2010
12:14 pm

‘roach’ and ‘jay-jay’…thx. Math isn’t one of my strong points. But, still haven’t seen any actual numbers for the turn-out.

RE, G. Buckner: I’ve emailed her about five times over the past couple years and got……zero responses. As much as Chambliss and D.Scott are rubber stamps for their parties, at least they always respond (I don’t include J. Isakson in that statement because he sometimes actually has thoughts/ideas of his own). Anyway, I question Ms Buckner’s commitment to us, the little pipples.

Realty IV

July 25th, 2010
5:52 pm

Political Realty; dictates actual reality! Barnes and Porter will win, Buckner riding on their coat tails “WON’T WIN”; her own will take her down; the “REPUBS”! They know she’s not trustworthy! SPECIAL NOTE: Bivens is OUT; bank on it!

Realty IV

July 25th, 2010
6:10 pm

Borodawg, the healthcare David Scott voted for is need by all those in which you and yours got rich on the backs of! I KNOW, that’s TOO MUCH for you to UNDERSTAND! HINT: Think about history! I won’t let you forget!

BnB

July 25th, 2010
8:55 pm

Realty — so you saw your mistake – congratulations. R-E-A-L-I-T-Y. Reality is you are blinded by hate – not only for those others but for yourself and your lot in life. If you are content to only live in the past and dwell on past misdeeds. – you will wallow in nothingness. I am proud of the thousands upon thousands of young black students who are seeking and completing higher education – obtaining degrees and Masters, and PhDs. Those have learned to be responsible for themselves and not let the past or anybody – black or white – hinder them.

say what?

July 25th, 2010
9:57 pm

Shouldn’t Turner have his job back? I no longer see the community policing that he started. No more community meetings either. What is Robinson doing for us- that should be investigated.

Reese's

July 26th, 2010
11:03 am

Realty — you ever had a english composition class.- unclear structure – dangling participle, ending sentence with “of”. Tsk. Tsk.

The guy running for BOE – Searcy is a devotee of Miss Synamon and her group. The same ones that brought us the often unsteady Trinia Garrett. Bivens is the clear choice here.

Reese's

July 26th, 2010
6:29 pm

DA – - No job is for life. True. But no job should be lost due to the underhanded political dealings like those of our 3 illustrious Starr pupils. The foolish voters of Clayton who put them in office – so they could “put it to the man” – too dumb to realize – that Clayton count, at over 85% black – they are the man. God is laughing.

Reese's

July 27th, 2010
9:32 am

Sure – you are someone who care only about themselves – and entirely apathetic about anyone else who lives.

Reese's

July 27th, 2010
2:31 pm

You ever hear of Free Speech. The Constitution. The Bill of Rights.

James Brown

September 9th, 2010
4:36 pm

I am James Brown, a candidate for Georgia House District 77, which includes (mostly) Jonesboro & Riverdale proper and north Fayette County. I have never ran for political office in my life. Even though I’m the Republican candidate, I consider myself to be a Citizen Candidate. I am a Patriot, not a politician. However, I do feel I have the credentials that qualify me to be a citizen statesman to help turn things around for Clayton County. If you would like to know more about me please feel free to visit my website at VoteJamesBrown.com or ask people that know me. I WILL NOT be beholden to any lobbyists, and I agree to term limits on myself. In other words, I will set out goalls to help turn things around for the entire County (not just my district) and then get out. I am a promise keeper, and that is my promise.

The one favor I ask of you is please do not compare me to any other candidate running, whether it be someone else running on the Republican ticket, or the Democrat ticket. I have absolutely NO motives for running other than to do my best in turning things around for the district I live in and will serve.

I will not sling mud, nor will I allow to be categorized by anyone that does not know me. As for me being able to “skate by without so much as a runoff since there are only two Republican challengers”, I would have welcomed a primary challenger in my party. However, that has been the problem for an entire decade. Since redistricting in Clayton County, it has been written off and anyone else has always considered it a waste of time and money to run. As for me, I seek support from both parties parties, as I will be a lawmaker that will serve all the citizens of BOTH parties. Check me out and hopefully you will agree.

I am ready to serve and strive to bring some real hope and change to the area.

Thank you. (I am the real James Brown and I approve this message.)