Tell your representatives what you want to see happen in Clayton

At a recent Chamber of Commerce breakfast, our legislative delegation discussed some of their future goals for Clayton county.

As per the Clayton News-Daily local state representatives Glenn Baker and Robert Abdul-Salaam along with a newly elected Atlanta state representative, would like to see House Bill 277 pass returning public transportation back to Clayton along with a one-percent sales tax to pay for it. Rep. Baker also mentions $2 billion in uncollected state taxes that could help to pay for public transit. Rep. Darryl Jordan added that we need to find ways to make Clayton more appealing to tourists and bring revenue and businesses back to the county.

What are other concerns and/or issues you would like to see our legislators address and accomplish for Clayton county? If their goals don’t align with yours as a constituent, and especially if they do, make sure to let them know before the new legislative session begins on January 11, 2011.

State Representatives:
District 60 - Gloria Bromell Tinubu
District 63 – Joe Heckstall
District 74 – Robert Abdul-Saalam
District 75 – Yasmin Neal
District 76 – Sandra Scott
District 77 – Darryl Jordan
District 78 – Glenn Baker

State Senate:
District 34 – Valencia Seay
District 44 – Gail Davenport

U.S. Representative:
District 5 – John Lewis
District 13 – David Scott

U.S. Senator:
Saxby Chambliss
Johnny Isakson

Senator Gail Buckner will also co-host another Clayton County Leadership Roundtable at the City of Riverdale Council Chambers (7200 Church Street) on Saturday, January 8, 2011 beginning with a meet and greet at 9:30 a.m.


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Clayton resident

January 3rd, 2011
12:36 pm

Ms. Seay is one of my reps and has been pretty decent in responding to my inquiries. Hopefully that will not change. Johnny Isakson answers too although I rarely like what he has to say.

I can handle the truth

January 3rd, 2011
1:06 pm

Lucky you then as alI get from John Lewis and David Scott are pre-written form letters. I sent them a detailed e-mail with a concern about the our troops and received a canned form letter. When I responded back voicing my displeaesure with an impersonal response, they sent me the EXACT SAME LETTER. LOL!!!!

Clayton resident

January 3rd, 2011
1:26 pm

You know, I didn’t follow up my original letter to Isakson because I didn’t like his response and figured it was just a load of b.s. just so he can say he responds. Maybe I’ll write again twice just to see if I get the same repponse won’t be shocked if I do.


January 3rd, 2011
1:33 pm

express bus service tol the air port

Tell The Truth

January 3rd, 2011
4:00 pm

Since the buses have stopped running to the airport, there have been less number of stolen baggage at the North Terminal baggage claim area. C-Tran would let out and pick up right in front of the baggage claim area and there were always bags coming up missing. Now that the buses are gone, so are the missing bags.


January 3rd, 2011
5:10 pm

I would like to know why our State Representatives and State Senators oppose our God given rights to exist in Clayton County.
Our legislative branch from Clayton County is contrary to the rest of the State,where they rely on their political gains and promote themselves. The HB 277 is nothing but a lame bailout for a mismanage Atlanta Mass Transportation System, at the cost of those that don’t use it. Another Robbery from Tax Payers
to give to the poor. Clayton County has always been a working class county and we never had no use for the Atlanta bus system, otherwise, we would have remained in Atlanta. I know this too well; I was born and raise in the City Limits of Atlanta.
I have my own Representative, with Yasim Neal, the Clayton County Police Detective, need I say any more ?

Our legislative branch, from Clayton County, don’t have the answers for our problems; They are our problems.

The Clayton County Branch of Legislators is a shameful disgrace to the State Of Georgia.


January 3rd, 2011
6:46 pm

Give the policticians a break, they must deal with the wishes of the masses, the best they could; not the few cry babies! These are tough economic times whats a couple of pennies!

Brick House in FP

January 3rd, 2011
7:05 pm

I want to know why Darryl Jordan and Valencia Seay continues to remain as elected officials, when they continue to vote against our lawful rights to protect ourselves in Clayton County ?
SB 396 :

HB 89 :

I have questioned some of our elected officials on their facebook pages about this, but when they don’t have a logical answer, they always retreat or delete their facebook page to escape anymore embarrassment from their loyal fans.
Our legislative branch in Clayton County is corrupt with ill motives and internal lobbyist; Our citizens are nothing but votes to these people.


January 3rd, 2011
10:19 pm

ASK WHY some of Our Legislators opposed this piece of legislation.

Georgia Senate Bill 84

(( “New Bill Aimed Towards Clayton County’s BOE”))

“The House voted 137-33 approved a bill that would allow Georgia’s governor to oust misbehaving school board members. It was prompted by troubles in the Clayton County school system, which was stripped of accreditation in 2008. Under the bill, the governor could remove school board members if the state board of education recommends removal. Schools must be poised to lose accreditation.”

State Senators From Clayton County

Voted NO – BUCKNER, 44TH

Senator Gail Buckner – District 44 –

Excused – SEAY, 34TH

Valencia Seay – District 34 –

State House Of Representatives From Clayton County

Not Voting -ABDUL-SALAAM, 74TH
Yea – BAKER, 78TH

The State Senate Votes
April 21, 2010 9:29PM

The House Votes
April 21, 2010 6:46PM

With or Without some of our Clayton County Legislators, another State Bill becomes law; again !!


January 4th, 2011
3:38 am

Our Legislators, from Clayton County, gave Victor Hill a pay raise after his fiasco on the “Snipers on the Roof Top” incident, which resulted in a 7 million dollar lawsuit for the tax payers.

House Bill 704

By: Representatives Darryl Jordan of the 77th, Heckstall of the 62nd, Celeste Johnson of the 75th, Georganna Sinkfield of the 60th, and Roberta Abdul-Salaam of the 74th

{{ “(b) The sheriff of Clayton County shall receive a total annual salary of $122,200.00 including any supplements and additional compensation for services which are paid pursuant to state law or county ordinance, which are being received on March 15, 2007, and which are paid from the funds of Clayton County. This shall not prohibit the governing authority of Clayton County from increasing the amount of any supplement or compensation for additional duties which the governing authority may lawfully pay to the sheriff on or after July 1, 2007.” ))

The Snipers on the Roof took place on Victor Hill’s first day as The Clayton County Sheriff, in JANUARY 2005. For that incident, some of our Representatives thought that he deserved a increase in pay.

I still have Riverdale on my mind with this.


January 4th, 2011
9:03 am

(( “What are other concerns and/or issues you would like to see our legislators address and accomplish for Clayton county? “))

I will request their resignations, because, I think that we would be better off by not having State Legislators from our county. As it is now, they do more bad than they do any good.


January 4th, 2011
9:23 am

As anyone went to Yasmin Neal’s website ?

She is my so called Representative; She is nothing but a Loony Tune !!!

She has the American Flag on her website, however, she don’t support our U.S. Constitution or our Bill of Rights.I spent a good deal of my time trying convince her to support our unlawful rights during the campaigns of 2008. I wanted to lend my support for Yasmin, but she wouldn’t meet me half way on this issue.We talk for several months and I didn’t get anywhere with her lopsided opinions about our State Laws, our U.S.Constitution,our Bill Rights, or our Georgia Constitution.


January 4th, 2011
1:02 pm

This is 2011 and here is Clayton County’s reality check:
(1) Mass political discord and financial issues in local government
(2) Continued hight rate of foreclosures and low home values
(3) High rate of unemployment and no promising future indicators for improvement
(4) High crime rate

The good news is that Clayton County sits in a prominent spot that’s a potential gold mine for future growth. In order for that to happen, a lot of people will have to go and ways of conducting business must also change to make it happen.

(5) School system problems


January 4th, 2011
1:07 pm

Wow…this blog is always depressing. Clayton county is a direct reflection of you…its citizens. If your actions(or lack thereof) are as poor as your ideas (none given…only complaints)…no wonder the county is peforming so poorly. Get creative…submit good ideas if you can even muster any up…they might actully help…what a bunch of winers!


January 4th, 2011
6:31 pm

And we can’t spell worth a flip eihter.
Congratulations to Linda Miller upon her retirement after long and honorable service as Clayton County’s Clerk of Court. She was a wonderful public servant who put the county’s interests ahead of her own. I hope that her retirement is as wonderful as it should be, after all of her work on our behalf.


January 4th, 2011
6:40 pm

I like being depressed. That’s why I keep coming back to a blog that depresses me.

the truth

January 4th, 2011
7:12 pm

Listen..Clayton County will not move forward until the low lifes are GONE !!!!!! The only difference between this county and any other county is the type of residents that live there. Riverdale has nice homes…but a lot of the people that live in them are low life thugs……they don’t keep up the homes….don’t monitor their children….don’t enhance the community.

As long as u keep making the county appealing to low lives by building title pawns, cheap housing, lack of code enforcement etc u will NOT improve.


January 4th, 2011
7:18 pm

Abdul Salaam has ran UNOPPOSED for as long as I can remember……SHE DOES NOTHING AND DOESN’T HAVE TO…..Her job is never in jeopardy. If you want solutions maybe you should follow model counties like Fayette or Henry…ask those reps what they do and follow that mold. Neither have a bus system but offer a great quality of life….I’m not saying any county is perfect, but they don’t have as many issues as CC.

How about we start by CLEANING Tara Blvd, Flint River and hwy 85 in that order…….The Carper Mill has been abandoned for atleast 4 yrs now… something about the abandoned businesses and lack of landscaping etc………start with the basics.


January 4th, 2011
7:20 pm

How do the people in Henry County and Fayette county and Coweta County manage without a bus system ? Those counties are cleaner and have less crime…..WHY IN THE WORLD ARE THEY NOT FIGHTING FOR A BUS SYSTEM ?


January 4th, 2011
8:55 pm

Movingfwd; The truth sometimes hurts some people, especially the victims. Its very rare to have discussions on the topic of our Legislative Branch of Clayton County on this Forum, or any forum in this county; This is probably is the reasoning behind their unbridled freedoms to misrepresent the citizens of Clayton County.
If you want to see what “depressing” looks like, you don’t have to look very far in these times.
The only that a see whining is only one person.

Ed, EDD and Eddie

January 4th, 2011
10:46 pm

The best ideas are to get rid of some of these do nothing elected officials. They do – do something well – mouth the democratic talking points – promise things they cannot deliver to folks that just like to hear the words- and keep the unwashed poor black masses in their place, so that they – the educated black politicos can keep political job doing nothing.


January 5th, 2011
3:39 am

Movingfwd : {{ “Get creative…submit good ideas if you can even muster any up…they might actully help…what a bunch of winers!” }}

Movingfwd; I haven’t seen any “good ideas” from your side of the table.
If you think by having these State Representatives & State Senators, from Clayton County, misrepresenting your best interest is a better idea, just say that you just don’t care, instead of lodging your complaints on this topic.
These topic is about the people in our county that actually cares enough to keep track on our Government Officials, instead of turning a blind eye on their misconduct and misbehavior while misrepresenting our so called best interest, based on their own lopsided opinions and corrupt influences of their lobbyists.
Any Questions ?

I would like to say Thanks to The AJC, for this rare opportunity to air out the problems in our county.


January 5th, 2011
5:40 am

Here are some positive things that need to be done.
1. Make it illegal for the thugs to blast that awful noise out of their cars. It is offensive to people.
2. Eliminate public housing
3. No welfare for unmarried women until DNA testing confirms who the father is – then make him pay and not the state.
4. Quadruple the police force wtih the money saved from the elimination of public housing and welfare.

Clayton resident

January 5th, 2011
8:44 am

Many of those election officials served more than one 1 but haven’t done much for us to be proud of. But all but 2 got reelected so my question is how does that keep happening and why won’t anyone else run for office around here? There are at least three who should never hold office in this county ever again. Voters in this county don’t care and they know it things won’t change until demographics change and they know that to. That’s why they want bus service back


January 5th, 2011
9:30 am

Clayton resident : “why won’t anyone else run for office around here? ”

Clayton resident; Some has done just that, during our last election, only to be defeated. James Brown was a very good candidate and he was defeated by Darryl Jordan (D-77) in District 77.
Precincts Reporting 11 100.0 %
Total Votes 9599

JAMES BROWN (R) 1074 – 11.19%
DARRYL JORDAN (I) D 8515 – 88.71%
Now you can see why no one will run for elected office in Clayton County.


January 5th, 2011
9:38 am

the truth : “they don’t keep up the homes”

At one time this county had hardware stores, home improvement stores, and lumber stores everywhere; Not so anymore !! And don’t blame this on the economy !!!


January 5th, 2011
10:54 am

This year’s Georgia Legislative Session will be addressing illegal immigration; I will be keeping a very close eye on how the Clayton County Branch of Legislators will be voting on this; something has to change in our County and our State.
(( ” Georgia Legislature set to target illegal immigration ” ))


January 5th, 2011
11:56 am

Those Elected Officials and Legislators, Who Supported Our Rights To Protect Ourselves in Clayton County, Ga.

Not A Single One in Clayton County !!!

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

This Law has nothing to do with Firearms; Its about your lawful rights to defend yourself during a criminal attack, without fear of being prosecuted or being sued in a civil court for your actions.

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 (-)

Senator STARR 44TH – Excused (E)

Senator SEAY, 34TH – Voted No

Meanwhile, during the same time, We had Jewel Scott as our District Attorney and Victor Hill as our Sheriff.
We still have many of the same State Legislators in office today !!


January 5th, 2011
3:58 pm

the majority of cc voters r uninformed and stupid….thats the majority……u could have Jesus run for office…..he’d loose. The informed and educated residents r too few to elect the right candidate.

SOLUTION: CHANGE THE DEMOGRAPHICS…..GET BETTER RESIDENT AN U’LL GET BETTER ELECTED OFFICIALS. How in the world did a loud ghetto loser like Sandra scott get booted off the boe by the governor….yet get elected later ? how do u stop that ?


January 5th, 2011
5:59 pm

cc; “How in the world did a loud ghetto loser like Sandra scott get booted off the boe by the governor….yet get elected later ? how do u stop that ?”

“Stupid Is as Stupid Does”
The voters in her district ask for what they wanted from a Representative. There is one problem with that; “One Bad Apple Spoils the Whole Bunch”.
She can’t do much damage; The damage has already been done to our legislative branch in our county.
The voters in her district just has very poor taste in their elected officials.

What is this blog about?

January 5th, 2011
7:01 pm

I will tell you how she got elected. The voters to the contrary were not misinformed. The voters in her district know what she has been to our community for over 20 years. We were not swayed by ignorance like you post on this blog. Rep. Sandra Scott is not bossed or bought by the “powers that be.”


January 5th, 2011
10:08 pm


Cheryl Synamon Baldwin will be sworn in as the new president of the Clayton County Branch NAACP on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 1:30PM at Emmanuel Baptist Church, located at 230 Hwy 138, Riverdale GA 30274. Open to the public.

President C. Synamon Baldwin says she would like to dedicate the next two years to strengthening the local Clayton County Branch NAACP. According to her it has been an honor and privilege to serve the NAACP across the Southeast Region for over ten years. She now wants to concentrate on education in Clayton County. “We have to raise the academic bar for all stakeholders; students, parents, teachers, administrators, board members, elected officials, religious and business leaders, and community advocates.”
“The civil rights issue that has had the most devastating impact on our community is education. I am deeply troubled by the loss of our accreditation and the emergence of sheriff sub-stations on our public school campuses. The revelation that only 37% of Black male students graduate in Clayton County and that they are 3 times more likely to be suspended than their white counterparts and 5 times more likely to be incarcerated if arrested, is unconscionable and despicable. Where is the community outrage? We should be incensed by these statistics, outraged and incensed enough to take immediate actions to rectify this wrong,” states Baldwin.
The new president of the Clayton County Branch NAACP goes on to say, “We must educate our young people or we are doomed to suffer the consequences of our short-sightedness and quest for quick fixes. Education changes everything—people, families, communities, the nation and ultimately the world.”
The NAACP offers numerous educational opportunities and programs for students at all levels from elementary to college and beyond. Each year through generous donations scholarships and grants are made available for outstanding students.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil and human rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and advocating for equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.


January 5th, 2011
11:24 pm

House Bill 277….
“Rep. Baker also mentions $2 billion in uncollected state taxes that could help to pay for public transit.”

Uncollected State Taxes being used to provide public transit for Clayton County ?

If anyone believes this, you would also believe Gail Buckner when she tells you that she has always received a high rating from the NRA ( By filling out a standard questionnaire, put out by The National Rifle Association). She once boasted to me about her High Rating with The NRA, when asked about why she didn’t did support our rights to self defense. (Georgia’s Stand You Ground Law: SB 396 ) She voted “Nay” (No) about a this State Bill, that had no mention about Firearms in the first place.

This is how Gail received the NRA Rating.

If Gail ever denies having this encounter; I have the photo copies on removable disc, from her own facebook page.

I believe in Standing My Ground to protect our freedoms.

This is just one of the practices of deception, to disguise the reality and the true nature of our elected officials.

Time Tested

January 6th, 2011
12:27 am

All things being equal in Clayton, people like cc is silly(er) than most! If a man get all his information from the media and live by it, he’s doomed to failure. cc remember money can’t buy everything. Faith is bigger than money!


January 6th, 2011
12:34 am

What your moniker? cc, I’m sorry to tell you this but,where you live is a ghetto! Someone sad the world is a ghetto— see you in another galaxy!


January 6th, 2011
8:25 am

“Rep. Darryl Jordan added that we need to find ways to make Clayton more appealing to tourists and bring revenue and businesses back to the county.”

“Do Nothing Darryl” always wants everyone else to lead the pack, in making this county what it once was.

Carve out a large area at Fort Gillem at construct an authentic old west cowboy town. We once had a Cowboy Town, during the early sixties, across from North Clayton High School before it was built. It was better that the one at Maggie Valley.
Of course; The thug eliminates will have to be eliminated from the mix and that might cause “Do Nothing Darryl” some votes.


January 6th, 2011
8:42 am

“Tell your representatives what you want to see happen in Clayton” – Some of them just need to take a good look at themselves and their tired old ideas – most of which are nothing but appeasing statements to their black constiuents and Demo babble. If they can honestly take a look and see their heart is still stuck in the past and not toward the future of a united, truly diverse county – then they should pack up and leave. Yea, I know most, most of those politicians – would tell you the sky is in tornadic turmoil – even on the sunniest days.


January 6th, 2011
8:42 am

and CC is absolutely right


January 6th, 2011
9:39 am


Will this mean that all of our woes and problems in our county Government will be resolved or interrupt the process of recovery ?


January 6th, 2011
10:56 am

I want to know why citizens of Clayton County voted for sales tax re: transportation. In order to get people to vote for the sales tax, I feel that it was presented as a trick question, “Do you support transportation in Clayton County?’ (not exact wording) Now they know that some people don’t read further or they don’t see the catch. Most people support some form of transportation, but it doesn’t mean that they want to pay more sales tax. The people who voted for it probably don’t even do their clothes, furniture, etc. shopping in Clayton County. I don’t like the idea of buses; they are driving hazards. I don’t like the idea that criminals can move through and into the county with more ease. I use to see more foot traffic of strange individuals. We need to concentrate more on how to improve education of our children. I saw the website of what use to be one of the leading high schools in Clayton County, and it was a sad thing to not see the clubs or organizations that were available. Now it seems that the school has tunnel vision with their main goal of technology and no offers of doing something else in life. We need to take time to focus on math, reading, writing, and science. I have heard of improvements in another state where they focused on reading to bring the students up to and above par.


January 6th, 2011
11:54 am

The new NAACP president has stated to the News Daily previously that her number one priority is to make sure Tracey Lawson is removed from office next election because she says the Troy West trial was a sham. I surely hope the Scotts are not coming back!


January 6th, 2011
12:34 pm

@2DPoint, you are so right. @Riverdaleonmymind…I do agree with you to a point, but these legislators are being sworn in again after a recent election…you (we) the citizens of clayton elected them…and you can ask for resignations, but they have to be recalled. Now it is our responsiblity to ensure that they represent our concerns…I would support any legislation that would bolster our educational structure and improve performance, our schools are really hurting. Most of the ideas folks have listed are Commissioner (local) matters…and they are valid. I also think that taxation needs to be evaluated more closely and we should monitor our legislators trying to balance the state budget with increased fees and taxes on citizens.


January 6th, 2011
12:35 pm

Also, everyone, beware…people will use your username, and make comments that you didn’t make…really shady! (2nd comment from my username above).


January 6th, 2011
1:08 pm

Marlatwo : “Do you support transportation in Clayton County ?”

Yes, I do. I have four vehicles,I have to maintain all four, maintain insurance coverage, maintain a clean driving record, maintain current tags, and avoid driving in this county, because of all the idiots that don’t know how to drive.


January 6th, 2011
1:21 pm

Movingfwd ? “you (we) the citizens of clayton elected them”

Speak for yourself; If I see anyone unworthy my vote, I don’t vote for that candidate. If a candidate is running unopposed and I don’t feel that they are unworthy to receive my vote, I don’t cast my vote for that person.
In my own conscience; I couldn’t sleep at night, knowing that I contributed towards the downfall of my own hometown and all of it’s residents.


January 6th, 2011
1:30 pm

Nospin; Victor Hill probably be back to replace our Secret Under the Covers Sheriff, where Our Secret Sheriff can go back to diluting our Representatives, as a State Lobbyist.
Its a No Win situation, no matter how its look at and it only gets worse.


January 6th, 2011
4:41 pm

No spin that is a lie! I have never mention the DA ever! So don’t start that ignorant mess. I am not a throw a rock hide a hand person–unlike others on this blog!

Riverdale on my mind the NAACP is not a government entity. I invite you to go to for clarity.


January 6th, 2011
5:56 pm

The NAACP in CC…what a joke…get a life. We don’t need more race baiting politics….blacks r 5x more likely to get suspended arrested etc…because they are 10x more likely to come from single parent homes….pull the stats on crime as it relates to kids from single parent households.

The kids that are successfull, in less trouble..usually have more parental involvement. When u see 5 kids walking up and down tara blvd with pants sagging, going nowhere…..don’t call the NAACP…call the parent or the police.

These kids run a muck and have now DISCIPLINE or STANDARD to adhere to…..thats the problem


January 6th, 2011
6:02 pm

i live in a nice neighborhood……off Noahs Ark (if anyone is familiar with the county)….why is it that a few weeks back I’m driving home and i see “BLOOD GANG SOUTHSIDE KARTEL” spray painted on the wood fence that surrounds the sub division ? Blood Gang…in a neighborhood that resembles Mayberry..seriously? Thats what I mean by caliber of residence and parental involvement


January 6th, 2011
6:06 pm

and why oh why isnn’t Fayette or henry county fighting to get a bus system in their county ? HERE IS THE FACT: Get rid of the bus and make it difficult for the low lifes to get around and spread withing the county….they will leave due to lack of transportation and go back to Atlanta or Dekalb……..

I feel sorry for the good people w/o a car, but if ur smart u can find ways to get to work….or maybe someone with some sense can start a transportation company for working people…CONVENIENCE, JOBS, NEW BUSINESS ALL IN ONE.