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True image or imagination?

Office candidates talk county marketing at forum

Photo by Curt Yeomans
The forum drew a crowd of approximately 200 people, including a mixture of candidate supporters, elected officials, county employees and regular Joes. The forum was for candidates seeking the offices of Clayton County commission chairman, commission districts 2 and 3, sheriff and district attorney.

Photo by Curt Yeomans The forum drew a crowd of approximately 200 people, including a mixture of candidate supporters, elected officials, county employees and regular Joes. The forum was for candidates seeking the offices of Clayton County commission chairman, commission districts 2 and 3, sheriff and district attorney.

MORROW — Does Clayton County have an image problem?

That is the question most candidates repeatedly came back to Thursday during a Coalition of Clayton County Clergy forum at Clayton State University.

“We don’t have a very good way to communicate with the citizens of this county,” said Clayton County Commission Vice-Chairman Wole Ralph. “We rely on [TV channels] 2, 5, 11 and 46 to get information to citizens and when they show things they run ‘What bleeds leads.’ So, no matter what, they are going to show rape, robberies and murders before they show any good news no matter what good news we put out there.”

The forum drew a crowd of approximately 200 people, including a mixture of candidate supporters, elected officials, county employees and regular Joes. The forum was for candidates seeking the offices of Clayton County commission chairman, commission districts 2 and 3, sheriff and district attorney.

Participating candidates included Ralph, Clayton County Commission Chairman Eldrin Bell, Commissioner Gail Hambrick, District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson, Commission District 2 challengers Lisa Tinch and Thomas Houston and Commission District 3 challengers Shana Rooks and Ronald Ringer.

Sheriff’s office candidates Jon Antoine, Tina Daniel, Lawrence Etheridge, Victor Hill and Rica Wright as well as district attorney candidate Leslie Miller Terry also attended.

Candidates were asked questions on a cornucopia of topics ranging from transportation to economic development to the ongoing service delivery strategy battle between the county and its cities.

They always seemed to come back to the county’s image however.

They brought up a number of news stories that gave the county a black eye including the school system’s loss of accreditation in 2008 and the police-involved shooting death of a 13-year old boy Wednesday. Some of the county commission challengers argued a change in who sits on the board would help restore integrity and respectability to Clayton County.

Hambrick unintentionally drew laughs from the audience however when she said any problems with Clayton County’s image was news to her.

“I’m not familiar with any loss of respect from the rest of metro Atlanta,” she said.

Check the Saturday edition of the Clayton News Daily for complete coverage of Thursday night’s forum.

Comments

OscarKnight 1 year, 9 months ago

....."Does Clayton County have an image problem?"

......YES !!!.......Big Time !!!.....And Most of These Problems was Created By Our Elected Officials and Their Associations with The City of Atlanta, Fulton County, and DeKalb County !!!

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OscarKnight 1 year, 9 months ago

...These problems can be seen....But, for some people "The Forest Can't Be Seen, Because Of The Trees".

...Try taking off the rose colored glasses.

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