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Election Day in South Fulton
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Election Day in South Fulton

It's Election Day in South Fulton. Councilmembers Catherine Foster Rowell, Helen Z. Willis, Rosie Jackson and Mark Baker are up for re-election in their respective districts of 1, 3, 5 and 7. Rowell is challenged by Mathis Colquitt. Jackson faces Corey Reeves, Clyde Sampson and Duane McClain. Baker's opponent is Eric Richardson. Willis is the only incumbent that is unopposed. The Observer sent a candidate questionnaire to all incumbents and challengers. One incumbent and two challengers responded. See their answers here: Councilwoman Catherine Foster RowellCorey ReevesClyde Sampson Also on the ballot are two questions for residents in all of South Fulton's seven districts: Question 1: Shall the Act be approved which authorizes the City of South Fulton to utilize tax alloc...
In Their Own Words: Councilwoman Dr. Catherine Foster Rowell
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In Their Own Words: Councilwoman Dr. Catherine Foster Rowell

City of South Fulton residents are set to vote for councilmembers in Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7. Election Day is November 5 and early voting is underway. We reached out to the incumbents with a few questions to learn how they think they've performed and what they hope to accomplish if re-elected. All responses were sent to us electronically and have not been edited or altered in any way. Councilwoman Dr. Catherine Foster Rowell represents South Fulton's District 1. In addition to her elected duties, she also maintains  employment with Fulton County Schools as a School Liaison at A. Philip Randolph Elementary School. Q1: What has been your greatest achievement since being elected to the South Fulton city council? A1: Having sponsored/co-sponsored over 40 ordinances and resolutions fo...
District 5 Candidate Forum Tonight
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District 5 Candidate Forum Tonight

Voters will have another opportunity to hear from candidates running in the District 5 city council race tonight. A forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Prince Hall Grand East (7490 Old National Highway). Councilwoman Rosie Jackson faces three challengers in the race: Corey Reeves, who lost to Jackson in the 2017 runoff by 39 votes, Duane McClain and Clyde Sampson. The candidates previously participated in a forum on October 17 at Friendship Community Church. Since then, Councilwoman Jackson has come under fire for distributing letters from the personnel files of terminated legislative aides during the event. Early voting for the District 5 city council race is underway, as well as for races in Districts 1, 3 and 7. All city of South Fulton residents, including those in even-numb...
Rowell Challenges Opponent’s Residency in City Council Race
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Rowell Challenges Opponent’s Residency in City Council Race

Early voting for city council races in Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 began this week ahead of Election Day on November 5. Two candidates are clashing over the qualifying criteria. Councilwoman Catherine Foster Rowell, the incumbent in District 1, submitted a challenge packet claiming that her opponent, Mathis Colquitt, does not live in the district, or in the city of South Fulton. After a review of the documentation submitted and testimony from both Rowell and Mathis, South Fulton’s city clerk, who also serves as the Superintendent of Elections, has ruled in Colquitt’s favor. The city of South Fulton’s charter requires that candidates for city council reside in the municipality for 12 months preceding the election, and in their respective district for six months prior to the qualifying p...
Carn Bests Joyner in Fulton County Commissioner Race
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Carn Bests Joyner in Fulton County Commissioner Race

Former College Park Councilman Joe Carn will fill the seat of the late Emma Darnell. Of the 4,521 votes that were cast, he snagged 62.77 percent in the special election runoff against Gordon Joyner to become Fulton County’s newest commissioner in District 6. Carn addressed family, friends and supporters earlier tonight after learning of his win, promising “we’re going to do this together.” Among the supporters present for his victory speech were Mayor William “Bill” Edwards, State Senator Donzella James and Councilwoman Helen Z. Willis. "This seat is not about me, not by the farthest stretch of any imagination," he said. "This is a community seat." During his campaign, Carn said that he wants to address jail overcrowding, fund wraparound services to reduce recidivism and meet t...
Early Voting Begins for South Fulton Council Races
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Early Voting Begins for South Fulton Council Races

Ahead of the city of South Fulton's general election on November 5 to select councilmembers in Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7, residents will have an opportunity to participate in early voting. Early voting will take place Tuesday, October 15 to Friday, October 25 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and Monday, October 28 to Friday, November 1 from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Saturday voting will take place on October 26 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sunday voting is not available. Early voting sites are throughout the county for general municipal elections in Fulton. Voters can select from: Alpharetta Branch Library; College Park Historical Building; East Point Branch Library; East Roswell Branch Library; Fairburn Library; Milton Branch Library; Park Place at Newtown; Roswell City Hall; South...
In Their Own Words: Corey A. Reeves
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In Their Own Words: Corey A. Reeves

City of South Fulton residents are set to vote for councilmembers in Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 on November 5. We reached out to the candidates who will challenge the incumbents this fall with a few questions to learn more about them and let residents hear from them in their own words. All responses were sent to us electronically and have not been edited or altered in any way. Corey A. Reeves has qualified to run for councilmember in the City of South Fulton's District 5. He previously ran for the position against Councilwoman Rosie Jackson, falling short by 39 votes in the runoff. The lifelong resident of District 5 is vice president of Aldridge Services, Inc., an environmental consulting firm. Q1: In what ways have you contributed to the City of South Fulton through community involv...
In Their Own Words: Meet Clyde Sampson II
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In Their Own Words: Meet Clyde Sampson II

City of South Fulton residents are set to vote for councilmembers in Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 on November 5. We reached out to the candidates who will challenge the incumbents this fall with a few questions to learn more about them and let residents hear from them in their own words. All responses were sent to us electronically and have not been edited or altered in any way.Clyde Sampson, age 41, has qualified to run in the City of South Fulton's District 5. He is a baggage handler at Delta Airlines where he has worked for 21 years. Q1: In what ways have you contributed to the City of South Fulton through community involvement or other initiatives/efforts prior to announcing your candidacy? A1: I'm an active participant in my HOA and I support as many community events as possible.  ...
Carn, Joyner Advance to Runoff in Commissioner Race
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Carn, Joyner Advance to Runoff in Commissioner Race

Residents in District 6 in Fulton County are one step closer to learning who will be their next commissioner and fill the seat of the late Emma Darnell. Joe Carn, with 26.26 percent of the vote, and Gordon Joyner, with 20.03 percent will advance to a runoff election on October 15. Both candidates say they'll bring a new senior center to the district. Carn, who has the backing of the South Fulton Democrats, is also seeking court reform measures. South Fulton residents Sojourner Marable Grimmett (15.94 percent) and Rafer Johnson (13.87 percent) had a strong showing. The remaining five candidates collectively received less than 25 percent of the votes. Of the nearly 126,893 registered voters in the district, 6,071 cast a vote. Historically, elections in odd numbered years and...
Commissioner Race: 743 Votes Cast at Early Voting Sites, More Candidate Forums Planned
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Commissioner Race: 743 Votes Cast at Early Voting Sites, More Candidate Forums Planned

Mayor William “Bill” Edwards was one of the first South Fulton residents to cast a ballot during early voting in the election for Fulton County Commissioner in District 6. The former commissioner took to social media earlier this week to “post the peach" and encourage turnout. So far, 742 other voters have followed his lead. Five sites opened on Monday, August 26 for early voting. The highest turnout was at the South Fulton Service Center with 268 votes, followed by the C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center with 205 votes. The Fulton County Government Center and East Point and Fairburn library branches are also open. Voter turnout in special elections and in odd-numbered years, especially in local elections, tends to be lower. After a review of the numbers, candidate Rafer ...

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