Reeves Unseats Jackson in District 5 Race

For the second time, Corey Reeves went up against Rosie Jackson in the city of South Fulton District 5 councilmember race. This time he was victorious.

Reeves and Jackson first went head-to-head in the city’s inaugural council race in 2017. He lost to Jackson in the runoff election by 39 votes.

This time, Reeves secured a number of endorsements from political and community leaders, including State Representatives Derrick Jackson and Debra Bazemore. Heavy campaigning and wide support earned Reeves 607 votes over Jackson’s 414 votes.

Reeves’ election night party was attended by numerous elected officials, including newly sworn-in Fulton County Commissioner Joe Carn, Councilmember Helen Willis and School Board Member Kimberly Dove. Mayor William “Bill” Edwards was also among the crowd gathered to help him celebrate. He offered congratulations and words of advice.

“When you walked in with the trumpet, I saw you raise your hand up high,” said Mayor Edwards. “When you come in January, I want you to raise your voice high.”

“You and I are not always going to agree, but we can agree to disagree. And then we can move on,” he continued.

Two other challengers in the District 5 councilmember race failed to keep pace. Clyde Sampson and Duane McClain finished with 15 and 28 votes, respectively.

Reeves’ term will begin on January 1, 2020 and end on December 31, 2023.

Photo: Reeves claims victory in the District 5 city council race from his campaign headquarters on Old National Highway.