Who gets your vote on November 2?

Below is a listing of local candidates on the November 2 ballot who hope to represent Clayton county, including write in candidates challenging the unopposed.  If you need further information on any candidate, please refer to the AJC voter guide.

County Commissioner – District 4: Michael Edmondson (I) versus Lee Scott.

STATE REPRESENTATIVE:

76th District: Sandra Scott (no web site) versus Gail Buckner (write in).

77th District: Darryl Jordan (I) (no web site) versus James Brown.

STATE SENATOR:

34th District: Valencia Seay (I) versus Zannie (Tiger) Billingslea (no web site).

44th District: Gail Davenport versus Carlotta Harrell (write in).

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE:

District 5: John Lewis (I) versus Fenn Little.

District 13: David Scott (I) versus Mike Crane.

SCHOOL BOARD:

District 8: Alieka Anderson (no web site) versus Michelle Lake (write in; no web site).

CANDIDATES RUNNING UNOPPOSED ARE:

County Commissioner: Sonna Singleton (District 1).

Board of Education: Pamela Anderson (District 1); Michael King (District 4); and Charlton Bivins (District 9)

Judge, Superior Court of the Clayton Judicial Circuit: Geronda V. Carter; Albert B. Collier; and John C. Carbo.

State Representative: Gloria Bromell Tinubu (60th District); Joe Heckstall (62nd District); Roberta Abdul-Salaam (74th District); Yasmin Neal (75th District); and Glenn Baker (78th District).

To vote for a write in candidate: touch the electronic voting machine screen where it says “Write-In” and a keypad will appear. Touch the letters to spell out the name of the person your wish to cast a vote for. You can view all candidates and questions listed on the sample ballot and check the county web site for early voting information.

What are your thoughts on the candidates, whether running unopposed or not? Who will get your vote on November 2, and why?

Preparation for The Grassroots Leadership Institute’s First Annual “Hands on Clayton” Empowerment Fair scheduled for Dec. 4, is underway. The Sponsorship Committee is looking for sponsors, and the Economic Development committee is searching for vendors. If you would like to connect with the Clayton community as a sponsor or vendor, please email sponsor@claytongaempowerment.org or vendor@claytongaempowerment.org or “friend” Hands on Clayton on Facebook for more information.

42 comments Add your comment

Clayton resident

October 18th, 2010
12:09 pm

I am SO GLAD someone out there decided to give Sandra Scott some competition I would have done so if I lived in that district. Still trying to figure out how the hell she won the primary after being kicked to the curb by the governor for that old BOE (hot)mess.

Matt Dillon

October 18th, 2010
4:04 pm

I voted early, and I voted across party lines. Not one vote was based on a photo on a roadside sign, and never will be. No puppet here!I challenge other residents to do the same.

BnB

October 18th, 2010
5:43 pm

oldtimer

October 18th, 2010
8:01 pm

Please guys..Gail Buckner has done a GOOD job for this county..use some common sense.

2DPoint

October 18th, 2010
9:16 pm

I’m likely to vote across party lines and just choose the one who makes my soul feels best. I never thought it was a good idea to vote according to the party slate.
Equally important to the candidates however are some of the issues on the ballot that could cost us some pretty big bucks. I recommend everyone check out the Sample Ballot from the county website.

Bit o' Jack

October 18th, 2010
10:52 pm

I think I’ll stick with the Democratic ticket! I don’t have a short memory, I remember why we voted for change; Republicians ain’t it. Now, as for Gail Buckner, I only see or hear her name at election time. Oldtimer, tell me what have she done for the majority of the voter? Most of the people in my community say she’s done nothing that’s why they didn’t vote for her in July for Secretary of State. Then others say she’s a republician who can only get elected by Democrats in a Democratic county; a DINO (Democrat In Name Only); no thank you. I wish we had better chooses.

Mild Mannered

October 18th, 2010
11:01 pm

Something to think about, where did all these write-in candidate get all this money to run in a race when their name isn’t on the ticket? Someone has alot of money or maybe they’ll be in dire straits if they are not in politics! I could have made better use of that money!

Give it a break...

October 18th, 2010
11:03 pm

Sorry Oldtimer
Gail Buckner?! Sounds like she just wants to get elected to any position. Didn’t she just run for Secretary of State and lost? We need to write her off, not write in. Please tell me what she has done for this county. Does she even really live here?

Rosa

October 18th, 2010
11:37 pm

Sandra Scott! She is a very goud leder. She been the won who spok up when they was gonna fire that Haynes man. Gayle buckner just wanna win a election because she been losing for a long time. VOTE SANDRA SCOTT!! NO RIGHT IN!!!

LawAbidingVetRetired

October 19th, 2010
5:31 am

While living as Law Abiding Citizen in Clayton County, being a Productive member of our society, and an American citizen of our country and The State of Georgia; I asked for few things from my Elected Officials. Please Safeguard my right to exist, don’t penalized or dilute these rights for the misdeeds and misconduct of others, never fail to promote these rights, and never question my lawful rights to exist in this county . If that is asking too much out of a candidate, I won’t cast my vote for that person.
Our Legislative Branch of Clayton County, often receives any or no attention when the Voting Records are disclosed to the citizens.
Legislators are notorious about being swayed by lobbyist, special interest groups, individuals, private businesses, other elected officials, and other unnamed outside influences. The reason being; They are the ones that introduces new Bills in to our House or Senate , to be considered has Laws.
I really don’t know who my State Senator and my State Representative represents, because I have been told by my State Senator in this county, that she votes what she considers to be the best, for the citizens in her district, even if its on the behalf on other interest in our county.
I would like to say that they are very few candidates in this county who deserves my vote and would like very much to show why.

This Bill was legislated on in 2006, so you might see changes in our Legislative Branch.

**Those Elected Officials and Legislors, Who Supported Our Rights To Protect Ourselves from Clayton County, Ga.**

*****Not A Single One in Clayton County*****

Castle Law / Stand You Ground Law: SB 396 – Crimes; person who is attacked has no duty to retreat; provide immunity from prosecution.

By the way; This Law has nothing to do with your Rights to Bear Arms. This Law allows us the lawful right to self protection, without suffering the aftermaths of legal consequences. This Senate Bill became Law, but our Legislative Branch in Clayton County vote NAY ( NO ] on it approval.

Representative Roberta Abdul-Salaam – District 74 -Voted No

Representative DODSON – District 75- Not Voting (-)

Representative Gail BUCKNER – 76th district- Voted No

Representative Darryl Jordan – District 77-Voted No

Representative BARNES- HD 78 (D – Jonesboro)-Not Voting (-)

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2005_06/votes/hv0989.htm

Senator STARR 44TH – Excused (E)

Senator SEAY, 34TH – Voted No

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2005_06/votes/sv0731.htm

Thank You giving me, your attention.

LawAbidingVetRetired

October 19th, 2010
5:56 am

For those that are concerned, about the Voting Record of our Legislative Branch from Clayton County, on the School Board Reform Bill : Senate Bill 84.

THE
VOTES

The State Senate

April 21, 2010 9:29PM

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/votes/sv0807.htm

The House

April 21, 2010 6:46PM

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/votes/hv0878.htm

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/sum/sb84.htm

This New Bill was Aimed Towards Clayton County’s BOE

State Senators From Clayton County

Voted NO – BUCKNER, 44TH

Senator Gail Buckner – District 44 – gail.buckner@senate.ga.gov

Excused – SEAY, 34TH

Valencia Seay – District 34 – valencia.seay@senate.ga.gov

State House Of Representatives From Clayton County

Not Voting -ABDUL-SALAAM, 74TH

NO – DODSON, 75TH

Yea – GLANTON, 76TH

NO – JORDAN, 77TH

Yea – BAKER, 78TH

The Bill – http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/sum/sb84.htm

Thank You for Reading This.

say what?

October 19th, 2010
8:04 am

writing in Gail. Sandra Scott is a NO.

Clayton resident

October 19th, 2010
9:09 am

I agree. Gail Buckner is the lesser of two evils in that race. We should vote NO to anyone with the last name SCOTT running in this county.

Mary B.

October 19th, 2010
9:49 am

I’m going to write in Bob Hartley!!

kallen

October 19th, 2010
10:30 am

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LawAbidingVetRetired

October 19th, 2010
12:34 pm

The current and past legislators of Clayton County has proven to me that they fall very short, as being uncompromising stalwarts of our lawful rights to exist in our county.
With this in mind, I strongly support the candidacy of James Brown in the 77th District, over the choice of having Darryl Jordan again and Carlotta Harrell (write in ) in the 44th District, over the choice of having Gail Davenport again.

In Georgia’s 13th Congressional District, I support the candidacy of Mike Crane, over the choice of having David Scott for another term.

For the citizens in Georgia’s 76th District and having the choices of Sandra Scott or Gail Buckner, you have my heart felt sympathy. I would reluctantly vote for Sandra Scott and maintain one eye open on her voting record and her outside interest. Sandra will hopefully be a representative that you can approach with comfort.

I sincerely hope for this county , to restore some, if not little, some respect and dignity in our Georgia State Capital ( our Gold Dome ) during our legislation sessions.

Thank You Again; Your neighbor and friend in Clayton County.

hello

October 19th, 2010
1:18 pm

Welcome back Double Action Of Clayton County with a new name.

LawAbidingVetRetired

October 19th, 2010
2:40 pm

Just a reminder; Most of the problems in our county are “People Problems” and it takes unbridled unity to bring our county together as one.
Please do right thing for our county.

Your Friend and neighbor; Oscar Knight.

HLS

October 19th, 2010
6:41 pm

well said LawAbidingVetRetired — But if yoou have watched Clayton politics in the last 6 years – there is no way you could even float the idea of a Sandra Scott in the State House. Buckner is not perfect – but is a thousand steps above Sandra Scott.

If If Sandra Scott stays true to form, she will have her son a state job in short order, tho I doubt she can bully those at the state level as she did at the school level. But she can help make sure Clayton suffers more – because she was thrown off the BOE. Our school system should expect zero help from this woman. The only reason Ms Buckner is running is to give the voters a choice. But the voters of Clayton, true to form, will vote racially.

to Bit o Jack*** can you read – do you seek out info before you speak. Your racism is showing. IF you did check – you would find Buckner worked on many projects to help – what you call the majority in Clayton (blacks). Sad you only see race, guess you will vote for Lee Scott too.

And yes – Give it a Break – Buckner owns and lives in a home in Clayton. Which is more that we can say for the majority of registered voters here.

LawAbidingVetRetired

October 19th, 2010
8:36 pm

The most Valuable Resource that we have in Clayton County, is Our Law Abiding Citizens .
We desperately need the kind of leadership that Clayton County can follow with Respect, Pride, and Trust; “Good is just no longer good enough”, We Need Much Better for the Citizens in Clayton County.

Your Friend in Clayton County; Oscar Knight.

Clayton Reparations

October 19th, 2010
10:34 pm

No No No to all the write-in candidates except Michelle Lake. Vote her in, the BOE District 8 race needs new blood anyway.

IMO, we need more house cleaning, but not the current crop.

I hope that more new people, better people, will run for office in 2012.

Clayton is in dire straights and unless we get help and clean house, things will continue to fall apart.

LawAbidingVetRetired

October 20th, 2010
2:44 am

HLS ; (( ” The only reason Ms Buckner is running is to give the voters a choice. ” ))

And was Gail thinking about the Voters in her district when she Voted Against SB 396 or Senate Bill 84 ?

Riverdale Rita

October 20th, 2010
7:38 am

James Brown, a new comer running against Darryl Jordan not only will be getting my vote, but I have volunteered to help him get out the vote!

First off, no one knows anything about Jordan except his voting record, which is terrible! He voted AGAINST SB396 which removes your “required duty to retreat” and ALLOWS us to defend ourselves in our own homes, vehicles, or any place we have a legal right to be. That means he voted not to allow us to ward off a rapist in our own home with anything we have…. not just a gun, but he even voted to take away our right to use a baseball bat, pepper spray, or ANYTHING to ward off our attacked. Basically, he voted for us to be required to RETREAT in our own homes!

All this at the same time Darryl Jordan has a fake Deputy Sheriff Badge given to him by Victor Hill (this was reported earlier in the AJC). So! He doesn’t want us to defend ourselves, but he is able to carry a gun with his fake badge and also flash it to get out of getting speeding tickets!

His voting record also shows he VOTED AGAINST a law that would impose stiffer penalties on convicted felons. That means he wants to let ‘em out of jail earlier so they can come back to our neighborhoods to resume their crime sprees.

Darryl also voted to increase taxes on on lodging and restaurant businesses specifically for Clayton County. Now that’s a great way to bring jobs (or even keep them) in Clayton County!

James Brown, is not running PURELY to help turn things around for us. He has promised not to take ONE DIME from any political party, paid lobbyist, nor even take a meal or any paid trips from them. Yes, I am pushing James Brown. It is because I have meant him and know what he stands for. He has promised to push for term limits and even go further by setting term limits for himself regardless if he gets it passed! As for Darryl Jordan, it has been said that he just wants to take up “seat space” long enough to be vested for his legislative retirement.

Don’t even get me started on his NO LEADERSHIP on education. He has served for a decade on the legislative education committee and has done nothing while Clayton County schools lost its accreditation. Where’s the leadership in that! James Brown at least has a plan.

So YES! I will vote AGAINST “Do-Nothing Darryl” and FOR James Brown… to turn it around! We will never get on the right path to rebuilding our communities and county until we throw all the bums out!

Clayton Dem

October 20th, 2010
8:58 am

Vote for Congressman David Scott. He is always supportive of Clayton County. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/David-Scott-for-Congress/159817223047

LawAbidingVetRetired

October 20th, 2010
10:42 am

Rita; I applaud your response to this topic with a standing ovation. Many citizens in our county don’t realize how important it is to keep a close eye on the voting records of our legislators, the special groups that they might represent, and compare this to other State Legislators, that holds memberships in the same special interest organization.
Not only did Darryl Jordan vote against our Rights To Self Protection in The State of Georgia once, but he vote against every single piece of legislation aimed towards the lawful rights for citizens to lawfully protect themselves, without suffering the aftermaths criminal charges, incarceration,,costly legal expenses,and / or civil lawsuits, resulted from the actions of self protection measures taken.
This is not based on my own opinion about our State Representative Darryl Jordan, this is based on his voting record in the Georgia Legislature :

The Castle Law / Stand Your Ground Law : SB 396

The House Votes

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2005_06/votes/hv0989.htm

Representative Darryl Jordan – District 77 – Voted NO to Your Rights to Self Protection

HB 89

The Current Version

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/versions/hb89_HB_89_AP_14.htm

The House Votes

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2007_08/votes/hv0050.htm

Again : Representative Darryl Jordan – District 77 – Voted NO to Your Rights to Self Protection

SB 308

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/sum/sb308.htm

The House Votes

Again : Representative Darryl Jordan – District 77 – Voted NO to Your Rights to Self Protection

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/votes/hv1036.htm

Again : Representative Darryl Jordan – District 77 – Voted NO to Your Rights to Self Protection

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/votes/hv1036.htm

SB 291
SB 291 – Firearms; laws concerning carrying of concealed weapons; revise comprehensively

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/sum/sb291.htm

The House Votes

Again : Representative Darryl Jordan – District 77 –

Voted NO to Your Rights to Self Protection

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/votes/hv0957.htm

And thats not all :

Legislators Approve School Board Reform Bill

Senate Bill 84
But not with any help from : NO – JORDAN, 77TH

The House

April 21, 2010 6:46PM

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/votes/hv0878.htm

Posted more about this on my earlier postings.
For more details : http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/sum/sb84.htm

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LawAbidingVetRetired

October 20th, 2010
11:56 am

….We have a rare opportunity to step up to our obligations, as citizens of our county, to make some changes; The Opportunity to Grab the Brass Ring, don’t happen very often in our county.

Please urge everyone to Vote !!!

Your Friend; Oscar Knight

Bit o' Jack

October 20th, 2010
9:15 pm

HLS and oldtimer, I’ll ask again what “EXACTLY” have Gail Buckner done for the citizens of District 76 over her 12 years? Specifically “what good” has she brought to the District. People in the District 76 are saying that she and the previous District 76 rep were the one who actually lobbied for the Gov. to take accreditation in an effort the “teach” the people of Clayton how to vote. However, it didn’t work out too well for them; they themselves were voted out of office. HLS and oldtimer, you and your bought and paid for media, can fool some of the people some of time, but can never fool all the majority of people more than once!

Bubba in Riverdale

October 21st, 2010
8:41 am

I voted early but am not optimistic about the outcome some of the problem candidates are running unopposed anyway so not much is gonna change but next time I’ll vote early but not that early so I can choose a write in candidate if I want to.

LawAbidingVetRetired

October 21st, 2010
12:17 pm

Bit o’ Jack: (( “I’ll ask again what “EXACTLY” have Gail Buckner done for the citizens of District 76 over her 12 years? ” ))

Its not what Gail has done for People in our county, but rather, what the Voters in this county has done for Gail :)

LawAbidingVetRetired

October 21st, 2010
12:26 pm

oldtimer

October 18th, 2010
8:01 pm
(( “Please guys..Gail Buckner has done a GOOD job for this county..use some common sense.”))

We are using Good Common Sense, by Opposing those Candidates that don’t used their own Common Sense in Representing our best interest.Track Records speaks volumes about our Legislators and there is no use in denying this well known fact.

A Hearty Cheese Sauce

October 21st, 2010
3:05 pm

Im will be writing in George W Bush.

LawAbidingVetRetired

October 21st, 2010
8:36 pm

Having the Lawful Rights to Stand You Ground

This is very important to me and it should be for all of us in Clayton County. This is about our freedoms, our Lawful Rights, and those who oppose our Rights & Freedoms in our Government. Please don’t contribute to bringing more shame upon our county.
Look toward the future to,one day, say that you are a proud citizen from Clayton County, Ga.

Clayton Reparations

October 21st, 2010
11:10 pm

Put a brother in da house!

Vote Libertarian John Monds, Governor

I see stupid people

October 22nd, 2010
8:26 am

I plan to write in the real winners of each race from the July primary (that is currently being investigated). LOL!

Riverdale Rita

October 22nd, 2010
7:11 pm

LawAbidingVet

The difference in my candidate, James Brown, and Darryl Jordan are 180 degrees! That’s why I am working for him.. James Brown has an A rating from the NRA whereas the NRA gave Jordan an F. James Brown also has the endoresment of the Gun Owners of America and GeorgiaCarry.org. Our 2nd Amendment rights go much deeper than just acting like a cowboy to carry a gun. It goes to the core of our basic individual rights set forth by our founding fathers. To lose it is to put us on a slippery slope away from a “We the People” control and eventually toward socialism.

Records show that Darryl Jordan has raked in hoards of money from the Banks and Bankers associations that he has oversight as a member of the legislative Banking Committee. I might also add that Jordan is also endorsed by the Planned Parenthood, AFL-CIO, and numerous other unions and PACs. James Brown has not taken a dime from any group, PAC, lobbyist, or other organization. He has vowed not to do so, whereas he will not be beholden to anyone (as a legislator) except the people that he serves.

I urge ALL citizens of Clayton County to check out James Brown and his positions on issues important to the county, and what he would do as our legislator to tackle those key issues. As for Darryl Jordan. He has been there for a decade and has presented NO IDEAS or solutions, and has shown NO LEADERSHIP for us. Think about this. He has sat on the legislative Education Committee all those years and have offered no ideas or suggestions toward resolving our the very school system in his county! Oh yes! He belongs on that committee, doesn’t he?

Riverdale Rita

October 22nd, 2010
7:20 pm

P.S. LawAbidingVet.

James Brown is also a vet, the handout I received (at his volunteer rally in Riverdale last week) shows he severed with the 39th Air-Assault Brigade or the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles.”

LawAbidingVetRetired

October 22nd, 2010
9:46 pm

Riverdale Rita : I spent my military obligation serving in Army and specialized in the expansion, construction of roads, fire support bases, & bridges on the Vietnam – Cambodia border, I was involved in the U.S. Army operations in Cambodia to push the Ho Minh Trail back to where in originated. A also served duty in Korea, The Headquarters of The Third U.S. Army, The Infantry Center at Fort Benning, Ga., and I KNOW LEADERSHIP when I see IT !!
I Admire James Brown as a man, a leader, a citizen that has always lived up to his full obligations and more.

Please, Lets push the Shame from our county. ,

LawAbidingVetRetired

October 22nd, 2010
10:44 pm

Riverdale Rita : (( ” James Brown has an A rating from the NRA whereas the NRA gave Jordan an F. James Brown also has the endoresment of the Gun Owners of America and GeorgiaCarry.org. Our 2nd Amendment rights go much deeper than just acting like a cowboy to carry a gun. It goes to the core of our basic individual rights set forth by our founding fathers. ” ))

I only served 6 active years in the military, but what I learned during that time would last me a lifetime !

The purpose of The National Rifle Association ( NRA ) is to protect our Second Amendment Rights to our U.S. Constitution. That is its function; The NRA will legally challenge any threats to our rights in any court in our great Nation.
In Clayton County, Ga., There are those in our Government that has challenged our rights and gone totally ignored. This is one reason for the more productive citizens picking up roots and leaving our county.
Its all about Our Rights and Those who opposes our rights to go unnoticed.
Show Me how you feel about protected our rights or I will be gone to greener pastures as well,

Where is David Scott

October 22nd, 2010
11:04 pm

I’ve tried to send David Scott emails but all the email addresses I sent them to come back as undeliverable does anyone have a working email for him?

LawAbidingVetRetired

October 23rd, 2010
1:35 am

…When a person earns their rights at a very young age, they will grow to respect those more and more, with each passing day of their life.

Something to think about before you cast your Vote.

LawAbidingVetRetired

October 23rd, 2010
7:58 am

….While you might ponder on our living rights, think about those that earned their rights and never lived to return. Our rights are the colors of bloodshed from across our globe; More American lives has been sacrificed to keep the world a free place to live in order to keep the war away from our own shores.

We should humble ourselves to this fact and accept it before casting our vote for anyone that don’t respect these rights.

As Americans, We are the most unselfish Nation in the World, Because we have always came to the aid for other Nations in their fight for Freedom.
This is something that I learn at a very young age, by listening to Speeches made by President John F. Kennedy, before he was assassinated.He told the American people for our reason for being in Vietnam, to fight communist aggression for any Nation who ask for help, but, his words was soon forgotten. Communism was a threat to the free world and was the duty of every able body man to serve an obligation in The Military Armed Services in our Nation.
Please do right thing for our county when you Vote, this is one of your rights and please lend some respect for our other rights.

Elect David Scott

October 23rd, 2010
8:44 am