Who cares about Clayton County?
Who cares what happens here?
Who cares about the future?
Tuesday only 24.12 percent of registered voters bothered to go to the polls.
That means three-fourths of registered voters in Clayton County just don’t really care.
At least, they don’t care enough to vote.
That means 75.88 percent of the electorate in our county is not very concerned about our future.
There is no dancing around the subject, so, let’s just tell it like it is.
We are hearing over and over again that readers cannot believe the outcome of the Clayton County Sheriff’s race.
Obviously, however, that is not how 38 percent of people who care enough to actually vote feel.
Embattled former Sheriff Victor Hill is heading to a run-off election with incumbent Kem Kimbrough.
While pundits, readers and members of the community may now want to say they cannot believe the county is showing strong support and resurrecting the political ambitions of Hill while he remains under the cloud of a 37-count felony indictment, it begs the question — where were they on Election Day?
So, who are the people who supported Hill?
The answer is simple.
The people who supported Hill are the people who went to the polls or at least they were 11,706 of the people who bothered to vote.
Who are the people who vote?
The people who vote are the people who want to have a say in the future of their county.
So, only 31,000 people out of the 184,000 people of voting age who live in Clayton County voted in the sheriff’s race and of that number almost 12,000 voted for Hill.
When you consider not only the number of registered voters who did not vote in this election but also the number of people of voting age who are not even registered to vote, it is clear that only a small handful of Clayton County residents are shaping the future of the entire county.
It is highly likely that a large percentage of those people who are saying, “How did this happen?,” either don’t live in Clayton County or live in Clayton County and don’t vote.
It is a small minority of the county’s total population that is setting the tone for law enforcement and for the county’s reputation throughout the state of Georgia.
Tina Daniel ran a respectable campaign and had a solid outing in her freshman campaign for public office. She may very well be poised for another run in the future.
Kimbrough may very well have suffered from not appearing at significant public forums during the campaign.
Of the total number who voted in the sheriff’s race, more than 6,000 voters did not vote for either Hill or Kimbrough.
If all those votes went to Hill, it would put the two of them in a statistical dead heat.
So what will the outcome of the Clayton County sheriff’s race run-off election be later this month?
What will the future of law enforcement in Clayton County look like?
What will the county’s image and reputation in the state and region be 30 days from now?
Well, if the election holds true to form, only a very small percentage of Clayton County will be making those decisions for everyone else.
Will you vote this time around?
— Editor Jim Zachary