Get Vaccinated and Boosted NOW

Get Vaccinated and Boosted NOW

As of last Friday, the Omicron variant has reached Georgia.

Omicron is a strain of COVID which bypasses many antibodies, even for those who have received the first two shots and/or been previously sickened by COVID-19 infection. Pfizer and other researchers say that Pfizer’s booster shot is effective at fighting Omicron symptoms.

With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 having reached Georgia as of last Friday, and the holiday season upon us, it is more important than ever to immediately schedule an appointment to 1) get vaccinated and 2) get boosted.

And it is extremely important that Clayton County gets our vaccination numbers up ASAP. ProPublica wrote an article detailing the crisis here in Clayton County, with some sobering statistics:

  • 47% of people in Clayton County have received at least one dose of the vaccine as of Dec. 3. (That’s 11 percentage points lower than the state average and 24 percentage points lower than the national one.)
  • The Clayton County Health Department has much less funding per capita than neighboring metro Atlanta counties (less than half that of nearby Fulton, DeKalb and Cobb in 2021).
  • The Delta wave in Clayton County from August to October resulted in the highest numbers of cases and deaths per capita among the five biggest metro Atlanta counties
  • less than 3% of children in the county age 5 to 9 are vaccinated compared to 8% statewide and 10% to 13% in metro Atlanta’s four larger counties

Please immediately schedule an appointment from the following providers for free vaccinations and boosters, as well as low-cost flu vaccinations:

And make sure to mask up as much as possible. 😷

Municipal Candidate Surveys: Angelyne Butler for Forest Park Mayor

Municipal Candidate Surveys: Angelyne Butler for Forest Park Mayor

  • Name
    • Angelyne Butler
  • Running for:
    • Forest Park Mayor
  • Previous political experience (Have you ever run for office or staffed for an officeholder? Have you ever been an active member of another party or worked on any campaigns?) If “Yes”, please list and describe your prior political campaign experiences, including candidate/issue, date, location, role and impact.
    • Candidate in the 2017 City of Forest Park Mayoral race. Sworn in 2018.
  • Previous community experience
    • Feeding the homeless (2004-2012) and mentoring young ladies (2007-present)
  • Campaign website
  • Campaign Facebook Link
  • Campaign Twitter Link
  • Campaign Instagram Link
  • List three reasons why Democrats in Clayton County should vote for you.
    • After serving in this role for the last four years, I have the discipline needed to continue the momentum generated.
    • After serving in this role for the last four years, I have the experience needed to continue the momentum generated.
    • After serving in this role for the last four years, I have the vision needed to continue the momentum generated.
  • What do you aim to achieve by running for office?
    • Forest Park is on the cusp of a resurgence like no other. It is my desire to continue the momentum of PROGRESS generated over the last four years, truly enhance the lives of all Forest Parkers and be an advocate for all. I would like to restore moral dignity and integrity to elected office.
  • Is there any area of government that you would vote to expand in any way? If so, please list and describe.
    • As a Mayor I only vote in the event of a tie however I would support giving our employees a livable wage and establishing a Code of Conduct for elected officials.
  • Would you support expanding nondiscrimination protections for your city’s residents in public employment, private employment, public accommodations and housing to include sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, domestic relationship status, parental status, familial status, veteran status and hair style or texture?
    • Absolutely
  • Do you support ending single-family zoning to allow for more diverse housing options?
    • Yes
  • What incentives would you offer businesses to come to your city?
    • Our incentives are not a one size fit all. We tailor our incentives based on several factors including but not limited to: the type of industry, total investment, salary, number of jobs etc. If the information aligns with our vision then we will customize an incentive package from there.
  • What solutions would you bring to your intended position to 1) mitigate contributions to climate change in housing and transportation 2) increase flexibility and security in response to climate change and 3) diversity transportation options for your residents? *
    • We have companies that are in Forest Park that are energy efficient however, I believe there is more we can do as a City to encourage more businesses and future residential investors to “go green” or LEAD certification. We do have a company that have committed to replacing their delivery vehicles to electric vehicles in the next few years.
  • As someone elected to your position in city government, you will be able to appoint or influence appointments of persons to various city boards. How will you ensure that you’re selecting the right individual?
    • I supported our current City Manager, Dr. Cooper’s push to have those who wish board appointments to submit a resume or biography. Some have mocked this request or even refused to submit their resume or biography because they are not “applying for a job” however it is critical to acquire as more information on potential appointees because those selected are making decisions on behalf of the City.
  • What is your position with regard to zoning changes within your city or district/post (with regard to logistic centers, retail development, housing, or other commercial develop)?
    • In 2021 the City of Forest Park updated our outdated zoning codes of ordinances. Some of which have not been updated since1959.
  • What is your stance on minimum parking requirements? Would you work to eliminate such requirements to reduce stress on climate, space use and property cost?
    • While I understand minimum parking requirements can be a concern I would look at focusing on securing alternative modes of transportation to and from our venues, such as carpooling, bike lanes, public transportation. This is why my Administration has committed to working with expanding public transit not only in Forest Park but also the County.
  • What is your stance on decriminalizing jaywalking and removing or reducing police from low-level traffic enforcement, given that a growing body of research has called for removing police from traffic enforcement due to the high level of unnecessarily adverse interactions between civilians and police? If not, why?
    • I am a proponent of public safety and police services. While some may want to limit police interaction, I believe there are positive police interactions and community policing that are key factors to help reduce crime and increase positive public perceptions in our communities.
  • Current Georgia law requires that all bicycles must come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights. Would you support this law being changed in order to allow cities like yours to adopt the “Idaho stop”, in which bicycles are allowed to treat stop signs as yield signals, as is currently allowed in 9 states? If not, why?
    • For the safety of the biker and motorists the density in Forest Park would not support this.
  • What is your stance on raising the minimum wage to $15 or more? 
    • Absolutely. In the Second Annual State of the City Address held on Oct. 13, 2021, I encouraged the City Council to conduct a second Wage and Compensation and ensure our employees earn a livable wage with $15 at a starting point. When we did the numbers in order for someone to rent a standard 2 bedroom apartment at three times the rent they would need to make $19 an hour. It is my goal to see our employees get to that mark. More so, when a company attempted to come to Gillem their initial starting wage was $17/hr however as it progressed they attempted to lower it to $10/hr. Once discovered, we withdrew all incentives and moved in another direction.
  • Do you support decriminalizing cannabis possession within city limits?
    • The City of Forest Park already decriminalized cannabis of less than one ounce years ago.
  • What solutions would you introduce or support to increase housing supply and reduce cost of living in your city? 
    • The City of Forest Park has some of the most affordable housing in Clayton County. A reduction in cost of living would be counterproductive to our efforts of increasing residential ownership in Forest Park.
  • How will you promote restorative justice and address abusive and racist practices by the police force? 
    • As stated in the Second Annual State of the City Address, we have our second Restorative Justice Summit planned for the upcoming months. I would address any racist practices head on and will not be afraid to address racist behavior regadless if you are elected, sworn or civilian.
  • Please submit a short biography
    • Biography: Angelyne Butler, MPA
    • Angelyne Butler dreamed of becoming a dentist when she was a child. She loved reading books, was a daddy’s girl and grew up on a military installation, her father presided over that was structured and disciplined. She graduated high school early and started a dental program at 19 until she discovered she wanted to enter into politics. She eventually withdrew from the dental program and enrolled in community college. While at Fort Lewis Army base in Washington state, she would observe her father, a Command Sergeant make tough decisions that at times brought a negative backlash, but she observed that he never wavered in the face of difficulty, maintaining his integrity while leading others. These early lessons would shape the foundation for her future when she became a teen mother faced with difficult decisions as she chartered a path into adulthood. Remaining focused through difficult times helped her make a decision to pack up and travel thousands of miles away to attend Spelman College, one of the nation’s most prestigious Historically Black Colleges and Universities where she majored in Political Science earning a Bachelor’s degree in 2007. She continued her studies earning a Master of Public Administration from Troy University in 2010 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology.
    • SERVANT LEADERSHIP: She knew early on her life would be focused on service and leadership. Shortly after matriculating through Spelman, Angelyne began working in government. She gained experience in administrative, electoral, judicial and recreational areas of government over the past decade working in parks and recreation, municipal courts and county elections offices. In 2017 she began work in the public sector for a Fortune 500 insurance firm developing managerial and entrepreneurial skills in account servicing while honing people skills. Her role required her to interface with people in a way that allowed her to observe how a lack of growth, development and leadership impacted their lives. She realized that a high unemployment rate coupled with a low median household income and limited housing options became a deterrent to growth in her community. She could no longer remain on the sideline complaining but realized had to become an agent of change.
    • This is where valuable life lessons began to kick in. She remembered to always maintain integrity and that a person’s commentary of you is often a reflection of themselves. She learned to become a visionary recognizing that a true servant leader is one who puts the needs of the greater good before their own. Angelyne found a new home and an opportunity to grow when she moved to the City of Forest Park, a place where she could establish a home for her family in a 9.5 square miles community of approximately 20,000 residents. The city included more than 70 acres of scenic walking trails along with several parks and playgrounds including Fort Gillem and the Atlanta State Farmer’s Market with Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport nearby. Her life reached a new turning point when on Jan 2, 2018, Judge Barbara Caldwell swore her in as the 24th Mayor of the City of Forest Park, the largest City in Clayton County. She became the first person of color to hold this prestigious seat but serving the residents with respect and dignity is and will always be her goal.
    • PUBLIC SERVICE: As Mayor, Angelyne has continued to operate with integrity. Forest Park has an annual budget of approximately $25M with around 260 employees. She inherited a $15 million dollar debt she initially had no idea how to tackle. In her first term she repaid the entire inherited debt bringing to fruition long-standing and outstanding capital improvement projects other administrations only talked about. She got to work not only improving the delivery of services but working to streamline processes. She created weekly City Manager luncheons to foster open lines of communication and worked to maintain an inclusive environment where all opinions mattered. She centralized the procurement process, hired the first Economic Development Director while establishing “Ward Funds” allowing each councilmember to slate monies for projects in their respective wards. Under her leadership in 2019 Forest Park was named the best place to invest. She is the architect of “Downtown Table Talk”, commissioned and executed a Job Classification Wage and Compensation Study and helped establish a production studio for high quality media outreach.
    • Since assuming office, she has launched PROGRESS (Political Restoration, Opportunity and Growth for Residential, Economic and Social Success). In less than three years her administration ushered in just over 3000 jobs with a projection of an additional 1500 jobs to come with an average salary of $55,000. Under her leadership she enhanced residential opportunities by way of a $300,000 townhome development. The Starr Park Master Plan and other capital improvement projects had been a topic of discussion in Forest Park for years. She created a solid plan for the proper execution of these projects and will oversee more by way of a $51M Truist partnership and investment initiative with the City of Forest Park. Other accomplishments include:
      • Ft. Gillem redevelopment is in the top two for rapid base redevelopment;
      • Generated 2000 new jobs in two years with an additional 1500 projection in by 2021;
      • Hosted the 2019 Inaugural Record Restriction Summit;
      • Increase municipal budget by $60m over the next 20 years;
      • Instrumental in bringing three major corporations and four fortune 500 companies to Fort Gillem;
      • Intentional City-wide rebranding efforts;
      • Intentionally selected residential developers to discuss the residential needs of the city;
      • Introduced three Sister City relationships;
      • Introduced the idea of a city-wide Communications Department;
      • Negotiate multi-million-dollar contractual agreements for international and domestic businesses;
      • Synchronized COVID-19 efforts to address resident and business needs.
    • Angelyne is a proud parent whose daughter graduated high school, undergrad and graduate school with honors serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserves becoming a four-time National Rugby Champion and has consistently remained on the President’s/Dean’s list or Honor Roll during her matriculation process. She is currently pursuing her pilot’s license.
    • Professional Affiliations
      • African American Mayor Association
      • Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance Member
      • DDA Chairwoman City of Forest Park
      • URA Chairwoman City of Forest Park
      • Clayton County Board of Health Board Member
      • Clayton County Chamber of Commerce Member
      • Clayton County Community Services Agency Board Member
      • Forest Park Retirement Board Chairwoman
      • Georgia Municipal Association Black Caucus, Secretary
      • Georgia Municipal Association Member
      • International City/County Management Association
      • Motherless Daughter Foundation Honorary Board Member, Clayton County Chapter
    • Awards & Honors
      • 2020 Youth Empowerment Summit Keynote Speaker
      • 2020 Mayor of the Year, Atlanta Business Chronical and the Georgia Minority Association
      • 2020 National Women’s History Month Award
      • 2019 Public Servant of the Year Nominee, RICE Awards
      • 2019 and 2018 100 Influential Women in Atlanta
  • Please fill out a campaign statement (less than 200 words)
    • PROGRESS with purpose is our destiny and our goal. PROGRESSS stands for Political Restoration, Opportunity and Growth for Residential, Economic and Social Success. While each pillar can stand alone PROGRESS can only be achieved when they operate in unison.
Municipal Candidate Surveys: Claude Tate for Riverdale City Council Ward 3

Municipal Candidate Surveys: Claude Tate for Riverdale City Council Ward 3

  • Name:
    • Claude D. Tate
  • Running for:
    • Riverdale City Council Ward 3
  • Employer or profession:
    • Retired Software Engineer
  • Previous political experience (Have you ever run for office or staffed for an officeholder? Have you ever been an active member of another party or worked on any campaigns?) If “Yes”, please list and describe your prior political campaign experiences, including candidate/issue, date, location, role and impact.
    • I previously ran for City Council in the city of Riverdale in 2013. I ran vs. Wonda Wallace. The issues have not changed much, Transparency in government communication, Cleanliness of the city, repairing roads in our neighborhoods and subdivisions, better community police patrolling the neighborhoods and not so much time being spent sitting on the highways looking for traffic infractions.
  • Previous civic experience outside of politics?
    • I was a volunteer coach for the Riverdale Blackhawks Football Program for 10 years, I’ve also volunteered with the Clayton County School system as mentor for middle school aged children. I’ve served as Governor of AAU Tackle and Flag football for the state of Georgia.
  • Campaign Facebook Link:
  • List three reasons why Democrats in Clayton County should vote for you.
    • Because I’m committed to making Riverdale a better place to live and raise a family. I’ve lived in Riverdale 27 years and I’ve seen this city go backwards or remaining stagnate in it’s growth and services to its citizens. I will propose changes in theses area and garner support to get changes implemented.
    • I have a relationships with members of the School Board and County government that I can leverage to further get things done. So I come knowledge people who I can partner up with to get things done more clearly quickly.
    • My background in Consulting will allow me to understand the details in planed projects allowing me to better communicate what’s happening to the constituents of Riverdale.
  • What do you aim to achieve by running for office?
    • I aim to make Riverdale a better place to grow up, raise a family and live a lifestyle worthy of the being proud of.
  • Is there any area of government that you would vote to expand in any way? If so, please list and describe.
    • I would have to research the budget and make a better decision.
  • Would you support expanding nondiscrimination protections for your city’s residents in public employment, private employment, public accommodations and housing to include sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, domestic relationship status, parental status, familial status, veteran status and hair style or texture?
    • Yes
  • Do you support ending single-family zoning to allow for more diverse housing options? *
    • No
  • What incentives would you offer businesses to come to your city?
    • That we have a community of educated people who are eager to be better served. Were in a good place with taxes due to the increase of home values so if a tax incentive was reasonable that may be considered.
  • What solutions would you bring to your intended position to 1) mitigate contributions to climate change in housing and transportation 2) increase flexibility and security in response to climate change and 3) diversity transportation options for your residents?
    • 2 & 3
    • I’m not versed on EPA standards and means. To answer that I would listen to the experts and work along with them to devises a solution that would meet the new requirements and could fit within the city budget.
  • As someone elected to your position in city government, you will be able to appoint or influence appointments of persons to various city boards. How will you ensure that you’re selecting the right individual?
    • Interviews, references and a sound background check
  • What is your position with regard to zoning changes within your city or district/post (with regard to logistic centers, retail development, housing, or other commercial develop)?
    • I’m pro on growth, business and commercial development
  • What is your stance on minimum parking requirements? Would you work to eliminate such requirements to reduce stress on climate, space use and property cost?
    • I think in order to keep parking should be controlled therefore . i would not relax parking requirements.
  • What is your stance on decriminalizing jaywalking and removing or reducing police from low-level traffic enforcement, given that a growing body of research has called for removing police from traffic enforcement due to the high level of unnecessarily adverse interactions between civilians and police? If not, why?
    • I don’t think police should be removed from those areas. I feel through better training and posturing of the police relationships will get better.
  • Current Georgia law requires that all bicycles must come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights. Would you support this law being changed in order to allow cities like yours to adopt the “Idaho stop”, in which bicycles are allowed to treat stop signs as yield signals, as is currently allowed in 9 states? If not, why?
    • No I will not support that.
  • What is your stance on raising the minimum wage to $15 or more?
    • I support that
  • Do you support decriminalizing cannabis possession within city limits? 
    • I support that
  • What solutions would you introduce or support to increase housing supply and reduce cost of living in your city?
    • Not sure
  • How will you promote restorative justice and address abusive and racist practices by the police force?
    • I’d remove the officer from the force
  • Any Other Issues/Topics You Wish To Discuss?
    • Not at this time
  • Please submit a short biography
    • EDUCATION
      • Akron University, Akron Ohio 1982; Electrical Engineering
      • Roxbury College, Roxbury Massachusetts 1987; Computer Aided Design, Software Engineering
    • PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
      • Digital Equipment Corp.: Circuit board Designer, Software Developer, Sr. Technical Sales
      • International Business Machine (IBM): Senior I/T Specialist
      • Deloitte Interactive, Boulder, CO.: Development Lead
      • Delta Technology: CONFIGURATION MANAGMENT CZAR
    • POLITICAL PLATFORM
      • Continuously keeping the residents informed on what’s happening throughout the city
      • Recruit better business to serve or residence Increase police patrolling in our neighborhoods and subdivisions
      • Road repair and Maintenance in our neighborhoods and subdivisions
      • Provide more services for our teenage children
  • Please fill out a campaign statement (less than 200 words)
    • Realize Riverdale for what it can be. Think it, dream it, believe it and implement it! Realize Riverdale

Municipal Candidate Surveys: Cliff Pellegrine for Forest Park City Council Ward 2

Municipal Candidate Surveys: Cliff Pellegrine for Forest Park City Council Ward 2

  • Name:
    • Clifford Pellegrine
  • Running for:
    • Forest Park City Council Ward 2
  • Employer or profession:
    • Special Education Teacher-Clayton County Public Schools
  • Previous civic experience outside of politics?:
    • Yes
  • If “Yes”, please list and describe your prior political campaign experiences, including candidate/issue, date, location, role and impact.
    • I grew up in a politically active house where both my parents served in local office. My father served on our local Board of Ed and then was elected a Town Councilman. We made calls, served as poll runners, and tracked names of folks who voted at the local headquarters on Election Day.
  • Previous community experience
    • I have served as a member of a homeowners association, served on a Community Theater Board of Directors (several years as Vice President) and served for a year on a City Board of Finance (elected position).
  • Campaign Website
  • Email:
  • Phone:
    • (404) 625-8582
  • Campaign Facebook Link:
  • Campaign Instagram Link:
  • List three reasons why Democrats in Clayton County should vote for you
    • Reason number one I would like ALL voters to consider me is my passion for improving our community. Reason number 2 (again for ALL voters): I intend to return a level of integrity to the Ward 2 Council seat and reason number 3 (and the most important reason). I will be a positive presence in our ward and throughout the city to meet with folks in the ward to hear directly from you about the issues you face. I will inform you of events and issues that impact both the city and citizens in my Ward
  • What do you aim to achieve by running for office?
    • I would like the people in my ward to feel like they have a Seat at the Table of City Government. That they feel Included, Empowered and Informed of City Business
  • Is there any area of government that you would vote to expand in any way? If so, please list and describe
    • I’m hearing from our Seniors who live in “Senior Housing” that there’s a frustration level about rent increases that are out pacing Cost of Living adjustments. I’d like to see if there is a mechanism within City Government to assist tenants when dealing with ever increasing rental fees.
  • Would you support expanding nondiscrimination protections for your city’s residents in public employment, private employment, public accommodations and housing to include sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, domestic relationship status, parental status, familial status, veteran status and hair style or texture?
    • Yes
  • Do you support ending single-family zoning to allow for more diverse housing options?
    • No
  • What incentives would you offer businesses to come to your city?
    • I think every city needs to put their collective “best foot forward” in order to attract new businesses. Certainly, offer some sort of tax breaks, but also encourage property owners to keep rents and fees in check while a new business gets established.
  • What solutions would you bring to your intended position to 1) mitigate contributions to climate change in housing and transportation 2) increase flexibility and security in response to climate change and 3) diversity transportation options for your residents?
    • In Forest Park, we seriously need to review our commitment to a comprehensive recycling program. We lost support a few years ago from a local recycling plant due to our community’s lack of adherence to recycling practices. I feel very strongly that climate change is a real thing. I also have been raised to follow proper recycling guidelines. I feel it is up to our city leadership to lead by example and to invest in resources to educate citizens about the benefits of recycling plastic, glass and cans. We could utilize the schools in our city to assist in educating our citizens. Public Transportation is yet another way for urban areas and suburban areas to combat climate change. I would support out county and municipal leaders to fight for access to light rail and expanded bus service. I would hope, as an elected official of the largest city that we could provide more job opportunities locally so that our citizens don’t have to travel far for work. Perhaps our new employers in town could collaborate on a ride share or shuttle program for employees.
  • As someone elected to your position in city government, you will be able to appoint or influence appointments of persons to various city boards. How will you ensure that you’re selecting the right individual?
    • I will meet, get to know and discuss options with citizens who want to be involved. I would also seek out references from other community members. As I understand our current practice in Forest Park is for our City Manager to review and score potential board members applications.
  • What is your position with regard to zoning changes within your city or district/post (with regard to logistic centers, retail development, housing, or other commercial develop)?
    • I’m excited to see the results of our city’s zoning code revisions. I do want this city to improve our “curb appeal”, but I’m cautious about the possibility of out pricing some of our long term residents at the same time.
  • What is your stance on minimum parking requirements? Would you work to eliminate such requirements to reduce stress on climate, space use and property cost?
    • I need to research this issue and decide how it would apply to Forest Park.
  • What is your stance on decriminalizing jaywalking and removing or reducing police from low-level traffic enforcement, given that a growing body of research has called for removing police from traffic enforcement due to the high level of unnecessarily adverse interactions between civilians and police? If not, why?
    • I agree that we need to reevaluate the use of our police personnel. One of the issues that keep popping up during traffic stops seems to be the cases when the officer discovers warrants for the person stopped. Rather than placing the person in custody (which usually ends badly), I’d like to see a system where the address is confirmed and an appointment is made for serving the warrant. Kind of like having the same privilege as people with money to negotiate the terms of their surrender.
  • Current Georgia law requires that all bicycles must come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights. Would you support this law being changed in order to allow cities like yours to adopt the “Idaho stop”, in which bicycles are allowed to treat stop signs as yield signals, as is currently allowed in 9 states? If not, why?
    • I’m in favor of the Idaho Stop and would urge my state legislators to support such a law. If passed we will need to educate our cycling community. We will need to educate younger cyclists as well.
  • What is your stance on raising the minimum wage to $15 or more?
    • I think it is a good idea but I also would like to see some transparency on conditions some workers are forced to deal with.
  • Do you support decriminalizing cannabis possession within city limits?
    • Absolutely, here in Forest Park the city council has done that over the last four years. I give credit to our current governing body for their foresight. This is a step towards the types of reforms needed by our judicial system to apply justice on a more equitable level. I personally would love to see either the State of Georgia legalize recreational use of cannabis or for the Federal Government remove cannabis from the narcotics list.
  • What solutions would you introduce or support to increase housing supply and reduce cost of living in your city?
    • I’m concerned about our Senior citizens and others who reside in housing and are facing what I consider to be excessive hikes in their rent. I would like to partner with our various property managers to see what we could do to reduce this impact on our Seniors and others utilizing “Low Income” housing. If property managers are unwilling to work with the governing body, I would like to pursue possible ordinances dictating rental rates. As far as supply, we have vacant units all over the city. We need to work with property owners who have vacant properties to fill them. I don’t think the solution is for the city to buy up inventory then rent out. To reduce the cost of living in our city, we need to help our citizens who want to work find local jobs that pay well.
  • How will you promote restorative justice and address abusive and racist practices by the police force?
    • Community policing starts with communities with a police force that looks like their community. Community policing should include a majority of officers who reside in city limits. Community policing also should include training or an approach geared towards de-escalation of situations rather than neutralizing a perceived threat. Our system also really needs to look at the concept of “qualified immunity” for our police force. I think a Citizen’s Review Board might be a possible way to link our police force.
  • Any Other Issues/Topics You Wish To Discuss?
    • Everyone please get out to Vote!
  • Please submit a short biography
    • I was born in Connecticut and in 2004 I moved to Georgia to pursue a career in teaching. I was fortunate enough to find a position in Special Education with the Clayton County School system. My first class was located at Morrow High School. My unit was relocated to Forest Park High School and I began my tenure at “the Park” in the Fall of 2006. I’ve been there since. While at FPHS, in addition to teaching the coolest group of students one could ever teach, I have served as a Softball, Baseball, Volleyball and Golf Coach. I also have lent my voice to the basketball and baseball programs as a PA announcer for home games. I am the oldest of three. My sisters live in Colorado and Connecticut. I have a son who lives in Fort Myers, FL. But most importantly, I am married to the most supportive, talented, and amazing wife, Ann Pellegrine.
  • Please fill out a campaign statement (less than 200 words)
    • I want to help the residents in Ward 2 of Forest Park to have a seat at the table of .city government.
Municipal Candidate Surveys: Iris Jessie for Riverdale City Council Ward 3

Municipal Candidate Surveys: Iris Jessie for Riverdale City Council Ward 3

  • Name: Iris Jessie
  • Running for: Riverdale City Council Ward 3
  • Employer or profession:
    • HR Director
  • Previous political experience:
    • Phone Banking for Biden, Clayton County, Canvassing for Stacey Abrams, Clayton County, Naomi Buckner- Columbus, Ga
  • Previous civic experience outside of politics?:
    • Riverdale City Manager -2004-2013, Carver High Class of 1970 SP Charleston Memorial Scholarship Fund, American Red Cross
  • Email:
  • Phone:
    • 678-634-1010
  • Campaign Facebook Link:
  • Campaign Instagram Link:
  • List three reasons why Democrats in Clayton County should vote for you:
    • I support the goals of the Democratic Party locally and nationally through active participation through financial support and by working to elect Democrats.
    • I will work to protect the right to vote.
    • I support paying people a living wage, equality in housing, protecting access to health insurance for all, job training and protecting Civil Rights.
  • What do you aim to achieve by running for office?
    • Decrease the poverty and unemployment rates in Riverdale.
    • Diversify retail and casual dining offerings in Riverdale and Clayton County to retain sales tax dollars going to Henry, Fulton and Fayetteville counties.
    • Increase opportunities for young high school graduates not going to college to participate in Apprenticeships and Internships
    • Repair roads in Riverdale neighborhoods
    • Clean up trash along city streets
    • Provide representation to Ward 3 residents by holding quarterly listening sessions.
  • Is there any area of government that you would vote to expand in any way? If so, please list and describe.
    • Job Training for youths and adults in professions that are growing such as those in science, technology, light manufacturing, transportation ( truck drivers, train engineers and conductors) welding, construction, etc.
    • Home improvement grants to disadvantaged senior citizens and the disabled.
    • Access to medical insurance and care
  • Would you support expanding nondiscrimination protections for your city’s residents in public employment, private employment, public accommodations and housing to include sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, domestic relationship status, parental status, familial status, veteran status and hair style or texture?
    • Yes
  • Do you support ending single-family zoning to allow for more diverse housing options?
    • Yes
  • What incentives would you offer businesses to come to your city?
    • Tax abatements in return for documented job creation.
  • What solutions would you bring to your intended position to 1) mitigate contributions to climate change in housing and transportation 2) increase flexibility and security in response to climate change and 3) diversity transportation options for your residents?
    • The promotion of building materials that can be recycled and electric vehicles and mass transit.
    • More use of non-evasive energy such as solar and wind where feasible.
    • Install bike lanes, commuter trains, ride sharing.
  • As someone elected to your position in city government, you will be able to appoint or influence appointments of persons to various city boards. How will you ensure that you’re selecting the right individual?
    • People seeking to be appointed to City boards and commissions should complete an application and list their qualifications to serve. Boards and commissions should reflect the gender, racial and economic composition of the community.
  • What is your position with regard to zoning changes within your city or district/post (with regard to logistic centers, retail development, housing, or other commercial develop)?
    • Zoning changes should do “no harm” to existing establishments. Changes should seek to co-exist and not displace.
  • What is your stance on minimum parking requirements? Would you work to eliminate such requirements to reduce stress on climate, space use and property cost?
    • My answer depends on where the minimum parking requirements will be located. If it’s downtown that is designed to be walkable then yes I would support them.
  • What is your stance on decriminalizing jaywalking and removing or reducing police from low-level traffic enforcement, given that a growing body of research has called for removing police from traffic enforcement due to the high level of unnecessarily adverse interactions between civilians and police? If not, why?
    • I am not in favor of removing police officers from traffic stops because of the aggressive nature of some drivers these days. Simple traffic accidents often quickly escalate to violence.I think that a properly trained police force will know how to de-escalate when tempers flare.
  • Current Georgia law requires that all bicycles must come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights. Would you support this law being changed in order to allow cities like yours to adopt the “Idaho stop”, in which bicycles are allowed to treat stop signs as yield signals, as is currently allowed in 9 states? If not, why?
    • Yes, if State law allows Idaho stops for cyclists I can support that as well.
  • What is your stance on raising the minimum wage to $15 or more?
    • 100% supportive
  • Do you support decriminalizing cannabis possession within city limits?
    • Yes
  • What solutions would you introduce or support to increase housing supply and reduce cost of living in your city?
    • The housing stock should reflect the economic base of the city BUT be able to attract housing to accommodate rising incomes, ie. starter homes for first time homebuyers that match their incomes and and as incomes rise and people want to continue to live in the same area, next level housing should be available. I believe that every effort should be made to increase INCOMES so that everyone enjoys a comfortable lifestyle.
  • How will you promote restorative justice and address abusive and racist practices by the police force?
    • Yes, I would support a “Second Chances” program for all felons not just non-violent offenders.
  • Any Other Issues/Topics You Wish To Discuss?
    • We need to create a “School to Work” program instead of a @School to Prison” or “School to Grave”. We MUST stop the senseless deaths of people especially young people.
  • Please submit a short biography
    • I am a native of Georgia who was educated in the public schools of Columbus, Georgia. I have been a business owner. I have an advance degree in Public Administration and have worked in local government for most of my professional career. I have two daughters and recently became a grandmother for the first time! I have lived in Clayton County since 2004.
  • Please fill out a campaign statement (less than 200 words)
    • I am a candidate for Riverdale City Council Ward 3 because I believe that we can do Better! Better in Economic Development, Employment, Beautification, Housing, and Education. Riverdale has a reputation of being dirty, crime infested and poverty stricken. This is not true! I can help change the image and narrative for Riverdale and Clayton County using my extensive contacts in the private and public sectors.

Vote Now for District 1 Runoff and Municipal Elections

Early Voting: District 1 Runoff

Early voting in the District 1 runoff will run from October 12 – 15 from 8am-7pm, and will be available at the following locations:

  • Early Elections and Registration, 121 South McDonough Street in Jonesboro
  • Morrow City Hall, 1500 Morrow Road in Morrow
  • Forest Park Senior Center, 5087 Park Avenue in Forest Park
  • Carl Rhodenizer Recreational Center, 3499 Rex Road in Rex

Absentee ballot dropboxes will be available October 12 – 15 from 8am-7pm at the following locations:

  • Early Elections and Registration, 121 South McDonough Street in Jonesboro
  • Carl Rhodenizer Recreational Center, 3499 Rex Road in Rex

Election Day will be held at all 18 precincts in District 1. Find your Election Day precinct here:

Early Voting: Municipal Elections

If you live in Jonesboro, Forest Park, Lake City, Morrow, and Riverdale, please get ready for municipal elections! Early voting runs from October 12-October 30, with Election Day on November 2. Here are your municipal candidates:

  • Jonesboro
    • City Council – At-Large (up to 3)
  • Forest Park
  • Morrow
    • Seat #1
      • Dorothy Dean (incumbent)
    • Seat #3
  • Riverdale
    • Ward 1, Council Member:
      • Mary Granison (Unopposed)
    • Ward 3, Council Member:
  • Lake City (No opposition, election cancelled)

A Candidate Forum for Jonesboro candidates will be held on October 11, 2021, 7pm at the Jonesboro Police Department.

Registration for these elections is due by October 4. Here’s how to vote in either one of these elections:

  • Jonesboro
    • Absentee Ballot Request Dates: August 16th – October 22nd
    • Dates when requested absentee ballots are sent out: October 11 – 22nd
    • Early Voting and Absentee Ballot Dropbox Weekdays: Oct 12 – Oct 29, 9am to 5pm
    • Early Voting and Absentee Ballot Dropbox Weekends: Saturday Oct 16 / Saturday Oct 23, 9am to 5pm
    • Election Day: Tuesday November 2, 7am-7pm
    • Election Day, Absentee Dropbox and Election Day Voting Location: Jonesboro City Hall, 124 North Avenue, Jonesboro, Georgia 30236
  • Forest Park
    • Early Voting Weekdays: October 12, 2021, through October 29, 2021, 9am-5pm
    • Early Voting Weekends: October 16, 2021, and October 23, 2021,
    • Early Voting and Absentee Ballot Dropbox Location: Mary Ann Connelly Senior Center, 5087 Park Avenue, Forest Park, GA 30297
    • Election Day: November 2, 7am-7pm
    • Election Day Location: Elaine Corley Recreation Center, 803 Forest Parkway, Forest Park, GA 30297
  • Morrow
    • Early Voting Weekdays: October 12, 2021, through October 29, 2021, 9am-5pm
    • Early Voting Weekends: October 16, 2021, and October 23, 2021
    • Election Day: November 2, 7am-7pm
    • Absentee Ballot Dropbox: Elections and Registration Office, 121 South McDonough St., Jonesboro, GA 30236
    • Voting Locations: City Hall, 1500 Morrow Road, and Elections and Registration Office, 121 South McDonough St., Jonesboro, GA 30236
  • Riverdale
    • Early Voting Weekdays: October 12-30, 8am-5pm
    • Early Voting Weekends: October 16 and October 17, 9am-4pm
    • Election Day: November 2, 7am-7pm
    • Voting Location: Riverdale Town Centre Multipurpose Room, 7210 Church Street, Riverdale GA, 30274

From State Rep. Rhonda M. Burnough: “Legacy Letters” Records the History of Black Women Elected to Serve Clayton County

RIVERDALE, Ga. – Collaborating to document this defining moment, 41 Black women elected to office collaborated to pen letters that celebrate Black excellence.

“When we realized that Clayton County had the most Black women elected to office in the country, we decided to take a photo to capture the moment. But such a powerful moment in time deserved more recognition, so we decided to write a book where we could share our experiences with young ladies,” says State Rep. Rhonda Burnough (D-Riverdale).

“Legacy Letters: A Gift for Tomorrow’s Leaders” is a collection of letters to young women created by the Black women who currently hold office in Clayton County. The letters include information about how career paths were chosen, personal advice on their journeys and how to achieve success. Insight into each elected position and the role in ensuring the county runs properly offers teachable moments for readers of all ages.

“The reason it was important for me to participate is that I want little girls who look like me to know that all things are possible. I want them to know, for a fact, that they can do or be whatever their heart desires. With dedication, determination and desire all things are possible, even for each of them.” State Court Judge Margaret Spencer

The book also features includes a letter written by the late Sonna Singleton Gregory, the beloved District 1 County Commissioner who passed from ovarian cancer in May. Her legacy is also celebrated throughout the book with pictures and tributes to her accomplishments.

“As Clayton County’s youngest elected official, participating in this history-making book has been a privilege, honor and responsibility. I’m excited for the readers from every age, gender, race and zip code who will learn about the leadership and excellence in my hometown. It is my hope that someone somewhere reads our stories and sees themselves . . . becoming emboldened and inspired to take up space in the name of good trouble. Our young people cannot be what they cannot see.” Jasmine Bowles, Board Member – District 1.

“From a conversation on a call with 1000 Phenomenal Black Women, I learned that Clayton County Georgia had the most black female elected women in the USA,” says State Rep. Sandra Scott Givens (D-Rex). “Legacy Letters” is the beginning of a New Direction for our girls, daughters, and young ladies across the world. It is amazing that 41 Phenomenal Black Elected Women in Clayton County Georgia have come together and created a book of inspiration, guidance, hope, and strength. It is my hope that young ladies will read each letter and let them become part of their daily bread.”

On Tuesday, October 5, the 41 women gathered to celebrate the book release and their latest contribution to the Clayton County community at Arts Clayton Gallery from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Representative Rhonda Burnough represents the citizens of District 77, which includes portions of Clayton County. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2016 and currently serves on the Special Committee on Election Integrity and the Economic Development & Tourism, Governmental Affairs, Higher Education and Small Business Development committees.

To pre-order this book, please fill out this form, after which you can do either of the following:

  • send it as a PDF to rhonda.burnough@gmail.com with a $22 payment via Cash App to $RhondaBurnough (extra $2.00 to cover Cash App fee)
  • mail completed and printed form with $20 payment to: Rhonda Burnough, 7843 Clearview Circle, Riverdale, Georgia 30296

If you are not able to pick up your books from Rhonda Burnough or Sandra Scott, please include an extra $3.00 to your book order for shipping costs.

Questions? Please contact Rhonda Burnough at rhonda.burnough@gmail.com or 404 702-4276.

VIDEO: Clayton County District 1 Runoff Candidate Forum

Last night, we were glad to have Alaina Reaves join us for our Runoff Candidate Forum for District 1, to which we also invited Dr. Aleika Anderson. We asked Ms. Reaves the big questions on how she would move District 1 and Clayton County forward. Attendees submitted several questions in the chat. You can watch our forum on our Facebook page and now on our Youtube channel as well.

We hope that this candidate forum has been informative for District 1 voters before voting in the runoff begins.

Candidate Questionnaire: Alaina Reaves, Candidate for Clayton County Board of Commissioners District 1

Candidate Questionnaire: Alaina Reaves, Candidate for Clayton County Board of Commissioners District 1

Alaina Reaves, Candidate for Clayton County Board of Commissioners District 1

Clayton Democrats sent out a questionnaire to all 10 candidates for the September 21, 2021 special election for Clayton County Board of Commissioners District 1. We received five responses. The following are responses from candidate Alaina Reaves. We encourage residents in District 1 to vote on Tuesday for who they would like to have in this position.

1. What qualifications do you have that make you qualified than the other candidates?

I am the best candidate for this job, because Clayton County is on the verge of expansion and I am representative of the largest growing demographics in the county and Metro Atlanta. I am a millennial, first time homeowner working remotely. We are one of the youngest counties in the Metro area, but lack cultural venues and recreational activities for all ages, these young residents are the future economic base and current workforce in the county. We have the most affordable housing options in Metropolitan Atlanta, and renters/ buyers are moving to the county as housing costs rise elsewhere. Clayton County is a burgeoning logistics hub with hundreds of acres of undeveloped and under-developed land ready for use. The County Commission will decide and shape Clayton County through planning and zoning, economic development, and setting the priorities that will shape the next 10 years.

I plan to make infrastructure a priority in the budget. This is not limited to road repairs, but also improvements such as increasing sidewalks, adding traffic calming measures and making intersections safer for pedestrians. Over 50% of residents in Clayton County are renters, yet many of the programs and assistance offered by the county directly assist homeowners and homebuyers. On the County Commission I plan to recruit affordable rental properties to the District and demand renter’s rights for living standards and rental relief, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic.

2. What incentives would you offer businesses to come to Clayton County?

In Economic Development, we commonly use incentives as a part of the toolbox of resources for incoming and existing businesses. Before heavily recruiting new businesses to Clayton County and in District 1, I would survey the needs of existing small businesses, companies, and franchises. I would look into securing funds through options such as the Community Development Block Grants, the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) through financial institutions and nonprofits, and establish Public Private Partnerships. I firmly believe that Community Improvement Districts are under utilized in Clayton County, through this process businesses in a designated perimeter essentially paid a deferred tax to improve the areas within those boundaries.

When recruiting companies and new business, it is important that we address the needs of existing businesses. When we create an environment for businesses to thrive in Clayton County, it becomes that much easier to recruit new businesses using incentive tools like the federal Opportunity Zones tax benefits and Tax Allocation Districts. A very important tool that Clayton County has is its Tier 1 standing with the state Economic Development Office and Department of Community Affairs. A Tier 1 rating recognizes an area that is in distress and the state provides a tax incentive of $4,000 per job a company creates in a Tier 1 district. While this Tier 1 standing acknowledges some challenges in Clayton County, it is an opportunity to invite companies to locate in Clayton County bringing jobs and opportunities.

3. What percentage of Clayton County’s budget comes in the form of direct payments and all grants from federal sources of indirectly through state money and non-cognizable grants sourced from the federal budget?

Clayton County typically receives less than 2% of its revenue from intragovernmental grants and federal or state sources. In May of this year, Clayton County received $66 Million in emergency COVID relief funding through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Those funds were distributed to Clayton residents through the Clayton Cares small business grants, emergency rental assistance, and funding to promote the health and safety of Clayton residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

4. Dekalb County has implemented ways to increased Covid-19 vaccinations. What are some of your ideas to increase COVID vaccinations in our county?

The health and well-being of Clayton residents is the biggest priority. I applaud Dekalb County for their success getting their citizens vaccinated against COVID-19. As a community organizer, I fully believe in meeting people where they are and using innovative ideas to reach them. One option to increase vaccine rates is providing incentives like lotteries or gifts to residents who get the vaccine. Partnering with churches, community groups and organizations is another way to connect with the community and increase vaccination rates. Most important is hearing community concerns around the vaccine, addressing its effectiveness and benefits using fact-based information.

5. What has been your community involvement prior to seeking the seat of the District I Commissioner?

I am a veteran community organizer who is passionate about building connections and engaging with my community. I spent more than 10 years as a public servant working in the nonprofit sector and every level of government. I grew up in Clayton County volunteering in the community with my church and as a Girl Scout. Throughout Georgia and Clayton County, I spent years advocating for voting rights and civic engagement. In May of 2020, as president of the Clayton County Young Democrats, we hosted a widely-attended candidate forum for the legislative and municipal primary elections. Last year, I was elected as the youngest Democratic National Committee member for Georgia. Locally, I have served on the City of Morrow Urban Redevelopment Agency for the past two years and was recently appointed to the Clayton County Citizens MARTA Advisory Board. I pledge to use my skills and experience to enact smart policy, invest in the community, and improve the quality of life for the people of District 1.

6. As a commissioner, you will be able to appoint persons to the various county boards, How will you ensure that you’re selecting the right individual?

A very important opportunity for Commissioners to receive input from the community is through board appointment for district citizens. There are over 20 boards and advisory groups in Clayton County ranging from the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, Board of Health, Elections & Registrations, and 2 boards dedicated to zoning. I would seek community input for recommendations using resumes and community experience. I would interview potential candidates and potentially host public discussions with applicants.

7. There is 14months left in the unexpired term of the late Commissioner Sonya Gregory. If you are elected, what will be your priority?

My top two priorities for the remaining months in the unexpired term is beautification and initiating a review of Zoning Maps. One of the most important duties of a Commissioner is to recruit businesses to the county including companies, restaurants and financial institutions. Before recruiting new businesses to the area, we need to revitalize the community by cleaning up the area. I want to evaluate the County schedule for mowing services, tree trimming, and overall maintenance especially on county-owned properties. I would utilize the Code Enforcement office to engage existing businesses on their appearance including addressing trash in parking lots and lawn maintenance. My second priority is to initiate a review of the Zoning Maps for the County. This review should be conducted with input from the Office of Community Affairs, Economic Development Office, Planning and Zoning boards, and most importantly the community and businesses.

8. How will you engage with the citizens in District I?

This is a great question! Engaging with Clayton County residents is something I have done for years, and am excited for the opportunity to engage with them as the next County Commissioner for District 1. I would recruit precinct leaders to report on the pulse of the community with regular meetings. I would connect with neighborhood leaders and HOA Boards in their neighborhoods to get an on-the-ground under view of the community including walking the neighborhood and streets. I believe in meeting people where they are in every area of their lives because complaints and concerns from residents are going to come from what affects them on a day to day experience. I would also convene regular town halls either in person or via Zoom during times convenient to the work and families lives of residents. Additionally, I would utilize social media including Facebook groups, email listservs, and Nextdoor app to engage residents virtually and foster productive discussion.

9. Are you aware of any other revenue streams that can be utilized other than raising property taxes?

Great question! We cannot balance the County’s budget on the backs of homeowners and property taxes alone. Most county budgets are sustained with revenue including property taxes, but a major revenue stream that Clayton County needs to capitalize is sales taxes from goods and services. In my conversations with District 1 residents, I heard from a near-majority of folks travel outside of Clayton County to shop for groceries and household items. This is a major loss in sales tax from county inhabitants. By recruiting high quality stores, restaurants, and grocery stores, Clayton County residents can keep that sales revenue within the County.

10. What is your position with regard to zoning changes within District I (with regard to logistic centers, retail development, housing, or other commercial develop)?

One of my first priorities is to initiate a review of the zoning maps to incentivize different forms of development besides the current trend of logistics centers, mechanic shops, and industrial buildings. To create a true live, work, play community, we need to have a variety of businesses and residential neighborhoods created prioritizing the needs of the residents who call District 1 home.

Candidate Questionnaire: Shegale Crute-Thurmond, Candidate for Clayton County Board of Commissioners District 1

Candidate Questionnaire: Shegale Crute-Thurmond, Candidate for Clayton County Board of Commissioners District 1

Shegale Crute-Thurmond, Candidate for Clayton County Board of Commissioners District 1

Clayton Democrats sent out a questionnaire to all 10 candidates for the September 21, 2021 special election for Clayton County Board of Commissioners District 1. We received five responses. The following are responses from candidate Shegale Crute-Thurmond. We encourage residents in District 1 to vote on Tuesday for who they would like to have in this position.

1. What qualifications do you have that make you qualified than the other candidates?

I believe in both my professional experience and work history with Clayton County make me the best candidate for the job. Professionally, I have worked as a paralegal for over 25 years specializing in contracts, mergers, acquisitions, and various types of litigation. I currently work for the DeKalb County Sheriffs Office in the legal department. Having this specialized skill sets brings me to the table with a unique ability and competency to understand contracts, zoning, ordinances, budgets and other technical aspects of the duties of commissioners. That coupled with my strong work ethic and the fact that I have attended all the commissioner regular meetings and work sessions, makes me able to hit the ground running on day one. I am a problem solver and will work to obtain the very best for district one.

2. What incentives would you offer businesses to come to Clayton County?

Currently, there are many business incentives already been offered to Clayton County business owners through federal funding, and also since our county has been designated tear one by Georgia Public Affairs. I believe that we should offer them partnerships and incentives that augment the state level incentives, but I believe those incentives should directly benefit the county and its citizens. As it stands, companies can use credits that they obtain through incentives out of state and even transfer them to other subsidiaries which has not given a great benefit to us locally. Both the Clayton and County and Airport chambers offer a technical assistance and training to businesses to maximize their ability to receive various incentives and contract opportunities that may be available to them. I will research, learn more, an offer to assist businesses however we can to ensure their success.

3. What percentage of Clayton County’s budget comes in the form of direct payments and all grants from federal sources of indirectly through state money and non-cognizable grants sourced from the federal budget?

Direct payments from grants and federal sources is about 1% of the county budget. It should be noted however that this will change significantly in the coming years as the county has received over $60 million in federal federal stimulus. The two distributions were approved and will be distributed throughout various departments To be performed and completed (spent) By December 2026.

4. Dekalb County has implemented ways to increased Covid-19 vaccinations. What are some of your ideas to increase COVID vaccinations in our county?

The county approved federal designation for The category of “public health response“ of the American rescue plan act revenue that was received on this past year. I think our county officials should spend time researching what has worked effectively throughout the state and southern region and immediately begin to implement measures to ensure that our residents receive testing, information, and vaccines in a timely and convenient manner.

5. What has been your community involvement prior to seeking the seat of the District I Commissioner?

I have served the county in many capacities, been a parent, citizen, and member of my church. I have served on many boards to include the United Way. DFACS, CASA, Rotary, Citizens for Progressive transit, and many others. Ive served alongside many others who helped to bring about the first and second SPLOST projects. In addition to that I also fought to bring transit out into the community. I have always been an active member of whatever organizations I have been a part of and have served our community for many years at my church.

6. As a commissioner, you will be able to appoint persons to the various county boards, How will you ensure that you’re selecting the right individual?

One great thing about campaigning, if you do it right, you meet amazing people within your district. District 1 is no exception to this. I would work to find citizens that I know are concerned and engaged in our community who have lived here and who understand the dynamics and the characteristics. Of course, there is a formal vetting process, but I will first go to the phenomenal poole district 1 citizens to pull for my nominations for committees and boards.

7. There is 14months left in the unexpired term of the late Commissioner Sonya Gregory. If you are elected, what will be your priority?

My first priority will be to look at and assess the existing zoning and development projects. I want to make sure that they are in line with what I have heard the citizens say that they want to see, and more importantly what they do not want to see. In addition to that I will be learning more about the budget, in order to assess and evaluate a clear and concise strategy

8. How will you engage with the citizens in District I?

Citizen engagement is key to the success of District one. The citizens in our district are concerned and engaged they understand the issues. I will continue in the tradition that was started in District to hold monthly community meetings. In addition to that, I will engage the citizens by returning their calls, following up on their concerns, and communicating Matters but I believe all concerned them.. I also believe that we must continue to keep a continue dialogue through attending meetings and HOA gatherings within the district.

9. Are you aware of any other revenue streams that can be utilized other than raising property taxes?

Yes. I believe that there are several other aspects that we can use to work to lower property taxes and remove the burden that is so heavy on our citizens. We can first start by improving collection, optimizing collection and audit the process to increase our collection right and minimize leakage. We can also introduce new revenue levers such as additional service fees, fines, charges and establish a cost plus model to help to generate additional revenue pay. For example, charging higher fees for expedited processing of our existing services and serve and processing times. We should also look into asset monetization, leases joint ventures, and joint development agreements with the surrounding counties. This would all help to increase and create emerging options that are more into the innovative

10. What is your position with regard to zoning changes within District I (with regard to logistic centers, retail development, housing, or other commercial develop)?

With regard to zoning changes, I believe that this is probably the most critical aspect of taking the sake of commissioner in district one. Zoning dictates how our county will be shaped and what the framework what ultimately look like. It is important that our new development is fully comprehensive taking in all considerations to include the existing communities and the people who live there. The industrial zoning has become burdensome to the citizens in the area. I have committed to them that I will not approve any more zoning of industrial plants in that area. In addition, I believe that it is imperative that we look at existing zoning projects that are upcoming and work to curtail their impact on the area. This is a very detailed and challenging task. I encourage citizens to visit VoteShegale.com and review my plan in more detail for this area.