State Rep. Glanton leaves office, but not Clayton

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.”

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BlackRain

December 28th, 2010
4:23 pm

This information could have been beneficial to the voters in the last election. Comparing Mr. Glanton’s time in the State legislature and the many things he accomplished for Clayton and the Southern Cresent – against that of the new and former legislator – Ms. Davenport, and her main accomplishment ( I can get Jesse Jackson to come to Clayton county) – maybe informed voters would have seen fit to put a real work horse into the position of State Senator and not a show horse, which is sadly what thay will now have for the next 2 years. Enjoy your 2 years , Ms Davenport.

Thank you

December 28th, 2010
5:50 pm

Thank you Mr. Glanton for all you have done for Clayton county, I didn’t think we’d heard the last of you. Enjoy the time off.

What is this blog about?

December 28th, 2010
7:23 pm

So what is this blog about? Is this a political advertisement? Will this blog be profiling others who lost the election? What about the winners? I am sure he is a nice man, but not a justifiable blog topic. Come on Kim what gives?

Veteran SD Voter for 70 years

December 28th, 2010
9:52 pm

Honorable Glanton, the counting was still going on when you landed on GOLD! You can definitely show us how much more you can do now with what HE has provided. This is truly the right time! Be patient in praying about what office you’re going to seek. Trust is broken quickly but takes time to restore. “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9). God will answer. We’ll see you in a minute!

I can handle the truth

December 28th, 2010
10:31 pm

To quote from the above article:
“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.”

This might be loosely interpreted as: ‘I will run for my old seat in 2 years since I want my money, power, and respect back and clayco will always vote according to signage and recycled candidates’.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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Riverdaleonmymind

December 29th, 2010
10:14 am

Why didn’t the Voters, in Georgia’s Senate District 44, choose GAIL DAVENPORT over MIKE GLANTON ?
Gail had a total of 5410 votes, while Mike had a total of 3167 votes !!
It seems to me that the voters is no better than they was in 2004 !!
We had Gail Davenport as our Georgia Senator once before and she is one of the reasons why Clayton County will never be part of the State of Georgia, but rather a suburb of Atlanta. Gail is just an overflow of the Atlanta political arena.

BlackRain

December 29th, 2010
4:15 pm

It is obvious that a few haters – will hate anything. It also show that fools cannot hold their moronic, uninformed tongues. Mr. Glanton has worked hard for the citizens of Clayton for many years in public and voluntary positions. The haters, hate- only because they can only wish that they could have a heart as good as Mike.

BoB

December 29th, 2010
4:28 pm

I am sure some of the idiot voters just saw the name Gail on the ballot for the third time and just hit it. The other is that the idiot voters will just pick the first name on a ballot – because they are too stupid and lazy to actually find out info about the candidates for a particular race.

Gail

December 29th, 2010
4:46 pm

yo betta watch out honey – I can call Jesse down here in a heartbeat, ya kno wha I’ma sayin – Jesse Jackson.

No Brainer

December 29th, 2010
6:02 pm

Good Job Indeed! The Mike Glanton led delegation is the reason Clayton lost accreditation. Look at Atlanta and Dekalb school systems woos; “Huge”! However, their delegations won’t sell their kids accreditation. The is the exact reason Mike Glanton was “Overwhelmingly Rejected” by the voters. They saw through the deception that caused the county’s home value, taxes, and repetition to nosedive! Scandalous!

Veteran SD Voter for 70 years

December 29th, 2010
6:15 pm

To the person I can handle the truth….do your homework man..you have no idea how much money these politicians are earning. power…you are definitely a comedian. a politician with no money have no power! Since you say you can handle the truth…do your homework on votes between all of the past State Representatives of District 76? I tell you the truth, Glanton has done more for this county in 4 years with NO money. But you’ll see the difference now that he landed on gold!

Marlene

December 29th, 2010
6:35 pm

A good reputation is a fragile thing, especially in this day of rapid communication and mass media. Glanton did bear good fruit out of the goodness that is within him, and that he was known by the good that he did and will still do for all of us. The fruits of honesty, trustworthiness, and humility sweetened all his dealings that is why his reputation will never be spoiled. His life will be preserved from the enemy and will be kept safe from the evil of gossiping mouths. Actions speaks louder than words!

Riverdaleonmymind

December 29th, 2010
7:20 pm

The State legislative branch, from Clayton County, is an embarrassment; We would be better off by not having any State Senators and Representatives, because they only vote on legislation,according to their own lopsided and half cocked false opinions about the competence of the citizens in Clayton County.
Their opinions about the voters in Clayton County is based on the fact, otherwise, we wouldn’t have what we now have Representing this County under The Gold Dome each year.

What is this blog about?

December 29th, 2010
7:29 pm

There needs to be some fact checking on these accomplishments.

Riverdaleonmymind

December 29th, 2010
8:35 pm

(( There needs to be some fact checking on these accomplishments ))

How about looking up the voting records and the Legislative Bills at State Legislative Sessions; this is what they are being paid to do.

RayJay

December 29th, 2010
9:59 pm

Why can’t we just agree upon giving credit where credit is due. Job well done, Mr. Glanton. If these fools – could read or were the least bit community-minded, giving their time to help others, they would have met Mike – unselfishly helping people in what needs to be done for this county.

BoB

December 29th, 2010
10:02 pm

go read the proclamation from the BOC – then you will have a small part of these accomplishments. If need be – call me and I will read it to you

pip

December 30th, 2010
9:20 am

Brookwood – you have shown your intellegence, or the lack thereof – if you stand up Mr Glanton’s accomplishments – those here in the Southern Cresent and in the Georgia state house against Gail’s, you would see they far outshine the meager doings of Ms. Davenport. Glanton is a bridge builder with all races – Davenport is a race hater. If someone does work that is good for the children or the county and she is within a mile – she takes the credit for it. Another bogger brought it up – but she is not shy about her main accomplishment in her 2 years as state senator – she boasts on it — that she could and did get Jesse Jackson down to Clayton County. And why – to show support for the worst BOE members in 40 years – that lost accreditation for the whole school system. Yeah – this is a person of sound judgement that I want in the legislature – NOT. Did you ever go listen to the 2 talk – Mike Glanton is straight-forward, looks you in the eye – tells the truth and offers solutions to issues. Gail Davenport cannot look at the attendees in the audience, looking to the rafters of the building for answers (maybe Jesus wrote ‘em up there) – and just spouting of the same old tired talking points of the do-nothing feel-good old line liberals. When will youi wake up and see you have been their patsy for more than 50 years. Clayton cannot advance itself while the foolish uninformed voters vote for the likes of Gail Davenport and Sandra Scott. Dear GOD – help us.

Veteran SD Voter for 70 years

December 30th, 2010
11:09 am

I strongly agree with the above. Davenport says the same thing in every campaign…”my mommy lived in this county and was an educator, my sister lived in this county and was an educator for xxx of years, I am a strong democrat (disgrace your race),I live with my mommy and sister in the same house all these years, I’ll give you this if you give me that, black coalition this and that, etc…” She can’t even speak! PLEASE folks now that she’s in office you’ll see what I am talking about, one color, not for this county and she works for definitly not “WORK FOR THE PEOPLE” (her quote on the bill board), she only works for her people. Statistically, this county is a diversed. Mike Glanton is still here to help us. Dear GOD has helped us…He sent a Representative…Mike Glanton! Did you read the proclamations from BOC and all mayors of cities? Never seen anyone to get these many proclamations in just a matter of 4 years…

mano

December 30th, 2010
12:29 pm

no brainer – no Brain is more like it – and a better moniker for you.

Haters hate- Any fool that can spout that BS – at least needs to know the facts. The BOEs that started 10 years ago with Nedra Ware and Connie Kitchens and ended with Noreese Haynes and Sandra Scott – were the reasons for the loss of acceditation. Go look it up. Fleeing of businesses and jobs led to the subsequent drop in home values – several years before the current economic crisis made it a double-whammy.

The right way, championed by Mike Glanton and other black leaders who want to improve the lot of all citizen, will forever have to fight against the black first, black only, black always, me,me,me – attitude, which some espouse (read Gail Davenport, G. D., all Scotts and others) – will lead Clayton to be no more than a southern suburban ghetto of Atlanta proper. Kinda like is is now. No jobs – no businesses, no nice homes, welfare-only county. Now that is something to be proud of. Yeah right.

Too many times in the South – diversity does not mean everybody working together – it means FUBU – we gotta run the show. Looks like that really is not working very well here in Clayton.

Riverdaleonmymind

December 30th, 2010
2:11 pm

Mike Glanton has always been quick to respond with my questions about the voting records of our Representatives, when my own Representative, in my district, wouldn’t give me the time of the day or answer my calls or my emails.
Please believe me, when I say that our legislative branch in this county is corrupt and influence by their own club of lobbyist.
We now have one of this lobbyists in a high ranking elected office in Clayton County and he mentions it on his website. Take a long look at our Elected Officials in Clayton County and you will see where the people’s vote is going toward supporting the influence of lobbyist in this county. It’s like having their own elusive club, where the citizens are not invited.
Mike Glanton is not one of these Representatives.

What is this blog about?

December 31st, 2010
1:38 pm

Representative Mike Glanton, Maybe you learned that you can not straddle the fence and expect to be looked at with integrity. It cost you the election.

Riverdaleonmymind

December 31st, 2010
5:10 pm

“What is this blog about?”

This blog is about improving the respect, that we should have in the best candidates and our county; Gail Davenport is not the answer towards making our county part of State of Georgia.
Believe me when I tell you this; Gail Davenport totally ignored my support of a certain piece of legislation that was being voting on in the 2008 State General Assembly Session; Kem Kimbrough was a State Lobbyist at the time and he told me that the Clayton County branch of legislators never received any input from the citizens on this Bill.
I asked Gail Buckner what was influencing her votes, on similar pieces of legislation, in 2006, while she was my Representative in the 76TH District, and she told me that it was the Law Enforcement Officials that was persuading her to Vote “Nay” ( NO ) on this Bills.
I will be more than glad to confront Kim, Gail Buckner, Gail Davenport, or the rest of our Legislative Branch from Clayton County, that voted NAY on these Bills. They already know who I am.
Mike Glanton is not the one to “straddle the fence” on these issues and He also knows me by my Real Name; I was on his endorsement page.

Riverdaleonmymind

December 31st, 2010
5:34 pm

God Bless Mike Glanton for stepping up to the plate, for his timeless efforts, in making our county a much better place to live and to call this county our home.
Thank You Mike.

Ed, EDD and Eddie

January 2nd, 2011
5:56 pm

What the citizens of this county learned is that the uninformed – led by the nose – Black masses in Clayton – have no trouble cutting off their nose to spite their face. To vote in a way they think makes a statement – to ultimately vote for the detriment of the county in which they live. Those blacks need to go back and study the history of MLK – to work together to achieve goals that are good for all. But no, they prefer to do the momentarily feel good vote – that they feel puts it to THE MAN or to anyone seen talking to THE MAN. Sad commentary for those who feel so put upon by society – to do everything to not change their lot in life.

Balderdash

January 3rd, 2011
9:54 am

Ed, EDD and Eddie and Riverdaleonmymind, you guys are sad, rich and powerless. The politicians need to think more about the masses not only you few plutocrats! You’re complaining and crying about something meaningless anyway!

Riverdaleonmymind

January 3rd, 2011
6:37 pm

Balderdash; You are embarrassing your own self, the only one that I see whining is you.