Photo by Jim Massara
Former Clayton County police Chief Jeff Turner campaigns Tuesday outside of Suder Elementary School in Jonesboro. Turner won the Clayton County Board of Commissioners chairman’s seat by defeating incumbent Chairman Eldrin Bell in a landslide run-off victory.
JONESBORO County-wide results already show former Clayton County police Chief Jeff Turner beat county commission Chairman Eldrin Bell in a landslide, but the victory was more definite than the total numbers suggest.
A precinct-by-precinct analysis of Tuesday’s run-off results for the chairman’s race show Turner beat Bell in each of the county’s 58 precincts. In many cases, Turner won by at least a 2-to-1 margin with at least 60 percent of the votes cast.
Turner’s best showings were mainly along a line down Jonesboro Road. It starts with a few precincts in Forest Park and moves southward through Lake City and Morrow. It then swings around the west side of Jonesboro before moving into Riverdale and Lovejoy.
His largest concentration of support, however, was centered in Lake City and Morrow — where he grew up. He got at least 70 percent of the votes cast at five of the nine precincts in Morrow and he received 69.35 percent of the votes cast at a sixth precinct in the city. He then received 71.6 percent of the 243 votes cast at the Lake City precinct located at the National Archives at Atlanta.
Turner also got at least 70 percent of the votes cast at five of the 18 Jonesboro precincts, including Jonesboro 1 at Pointe South Middle School; Jonesboro 3 at Lee Street Elementary; Jonesboro 9 at Shelnutt Intergenerational Center; Jonesboro 12 at Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services Headquarters and Jonesboro 17 at Pointe South Elementary School.
He got 69.18 percent of the 318 votes cast at Jonesboro 13 at Brown Elementary School.
Turner received 73.73 percent of the votes cast at Riverdale 10 at Riverdale United Methodist Church.
Turner then broke the 70 percent mark in a pocket of Lovejoy precincts which includes Lovejoy 2 at Lovejoy High School; Lovejoy 4 at Kemp Elementary School and Lovejoy 5 at Hawthorne Elementary School.
Two of Bell’s best showings, meanwhile, were in the Lake Spivey community, where he lives.
Bell got his second-best showing in the election at his own voting precinct — Jonesboro 6 at M.D. Roberts Middle School — where he received 47.75 percent of the 599 votes cast. He also got 39.32 percent of the 323 votes cast at Jonesboro 5 at First Presbyterian Church of Jonesboro on Lake Jodeco Road.
Outside of Lake Spivey, Bell’s biggest areas of support were found to be isolated precincts scattered throughout the county. He was only able to break the 40 percent mark in three other precincts, including:
• Oak 2 at North Clayton High School in College Park, where Bell got 48.92 percent — his best percentage — of the 92 votes cast.
• Morrow 2 at the Morrow Municipal Complex, where he got 45.73 percent of the 293 votes cast.
• Forest Park 1 at Forest Park Middle School, where Bell received 40.82 percent of the 196 votes cast.
County Commission District 3
Jonesboro attorney Shana Rooks didn’t quite match Turner’s level of domination in her own race against commission Vice-Chairman Wole Ralph, but she wasn’t too far off.
Rooks won 15 of the 16 precincts located in District 3. Overall, she received at least 60 percent of the votes cast in 14 of those precincts. He best showing was at the Riverdale 2 precinct at Lake Ridge Elementary School. She received 80.19 percent of the 212 votes cast.
Her second best showing was at Panhandle 2 at New Hope United Methodist Church in Hampton. She received 70.26 percent of the 454 votes cast at that precinct.
Ralph, meanwhile, won 51.06 percent of the 47 votes cast at Jonesboro 10 at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church. His next best showings were at Lovejoy 4, where he got 40.26 percent of the 606 votes cast, and at Lovejoy 5, where he received 39.2 percent of the 375 votes.