State Rep. Mike Glanton will leave office Jan. 9 after serving Clayton County for two consecutive terms in the Georgia House of Representatives.
Although elected to represent the interests of District 76, you wouldn’t know that based on his accomplishments countywide.
“This was never a ‘part-time’ position for me,” says Glanton, who never missed a legislative day or a recorded vote during his tenure. “When I ran for office I promised my constituents that I would give 200 percent in my efforts to represent them.”
Throughout his 30-plus-year career as a public servant, volunteer and leader, Glanton has chaired and served on several committees, subcommittees and boards that have benefited Clayton County in various ways. This work led to his being the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including a recent proclamation from county commissioners.
Glanton serves as president of the Clayton County Ministers’ Conference and chairs the governing council at the Elite Scholars Academy, where he was instrumental in obtaining approvals at the local and state levels for this charter school. Glanton also serves on Clayton County Public Schools’ Strategic Planning Committee and as a senior consultant/advisor to both the Clayton County Grassroots Leadership Institute and the Archway Partnership Project.
He was the driving force behind the building of our new 12,000-square-foot Alzheimer’s Service Center and led efforts to build the National Museum for Commercial Aviation here as well.
In the Legislature, Glanton introduced and passed significant revenue-generating legislation for the county and the cities of Jonesboro, Forest Park, Riverdale and Morrow, representing more than $1.5 billion in potential revenue and development. He has personally raised more than $300,000 dollars in donations for local non-profits and is also credited with passing ethics legislation for the county school board in an effort to regain accreditation. Glanton also has served on several House committees — Transportation, Defense and Veterans Affairs, Children and Youth, and Ways and Means — and chaired the county’s nine-member legislative delegation.
He made a run for state Senate this year, but lost in the Democratic primary. Although Glanton will continue serving Clayton County and Georgia “in a humanitarian capacity and as a legislative consultant,” for the time being he will focus on family, and eventually re-enter politics.
“The greatest reward I could ever receive is to see this community reach its full potential and become a leader in the Atlanta region,” says Glanton, “and know that I had a small part in making it happen.”