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Kimbrough: County voters should take care of home first

Sheriff decries low August turnout, compared to long lines now

Photo by Elaine Rackley
Once inside the Clayton County Elections and Registration office, people remained in line to wait until a voting machine was available.

Photo by Elaine Rackley Once inside the Clayton County Elections and Registration office, people remained in line to wait until a voting machine was available.

JONESBORO — The line snaked around the historic Clayton County Courthouse as residents took part in early voting Wednesday. The apparent emphasis on the presidential election disturbed outgoing Clayton County Sheriff Kemuel Kimbrough, who wondered aloud where this kind of turnout was when the sheriff’s election was taking place on Aug. 21.

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Photo by Elaine Rackley Despite the long lines and the 30- to 40-minute wait time, people made their way inside the historical Jonesboro Courthouse to cast their votes.

“People need to start thinking more analytically and critically about how to vote,” said Kimbrough, who was defeated in the Democratic primary by former Sheriff Victor Hill, 12,931 votes to 11,160. “For only 25,000 people to show up for the primary election, compared to people voting today, that’s not good.”

Kimbrough emphasized that politics is local.

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Photo by Elaine Rackley Clayton County Board of Elections and Registration Election Director Annie C. Bright said a daily average of 1,200 voters have lined up to cast their ballots during early voting.

“Voters need to think about who they are electing, people who set the tax rate, people who make decisions about which roads will be paved, and people who protect them,” he said. “When you dial 911, you don’t get the governor’s mansion or the White House.”

Kimbrough said when he leaves office Jan. 1, he plans to spend more time with his family and make more money working in the private sector.

“The reality is that Clayton County’s future hinges on this election,” he said. “Holding an elected office should be about sacrifice, of your personal gain. Far too many times in Clayton County that has not been the case. Why are people voting for people who are not employed or for people who just moved here? We wouldn’t hire them for a job, why would we vote for them?”

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gatormania 2 years, 2 months ago

Kimbrough is right... I sure hate to see him leave office...

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OscarKnight 2 years, 2 months ago

....Kimbrough wasn't complaining about the low turn out, during the Democrat Primaries in 2008. Why is he crying now ?

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OscarKnight 2 years, 2 months ago

...Would anyone, Please, drop off some heavy duty crying towels for our soon to be Former Sheriff !!!

.......In my opinion; Kembrough or Victor wasn't deserving of my vote. Being force fed to vote for someone, is not my idea of supporting a candidate.

.....Having the door shut in your face, by an elected official, weighs heavily at election time. Something for our, soon to be former, Sheriff to ponder on for the next 4 years.

......Where was these words in 2008 ?

.....QUOTE : "#“People need to start thinking more analytically and critically about how to vote,” said Kimbrough, who was defeated in the Democratic primary by former Sheriff Victor Hill, 12,931 votes to 11,160. “For only 25,000 people to show up for the primary election, compared to people voting today, that’s not good.”

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OscarKnight 2 years, 2 months ago

......This was in 2008, when Kem Kimbrough won over Victor Hill :

Election Summary Report Clayton County State of Georgia General Primary Runoff August 5, 2008 Summary For Jurisdiction Wide, All Counters, All Races Official and Complete

SHERIFF-D DEM Total Total Votes 25362

VICTOR HILL (I) 12338 – 48.65%

KEM KIMBROUGH 13024 – 51.35%

.....Was Kimbrough complaining about the low turn out in 2008, or criticizing the voters of our county in 2008 ?....Maybe this is one reason why he lost to Victor Hill.

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OscarKnight 2 years, 2 months ago

......Hiring Practices also reflects on a Sheriff :

http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/news/documents/2012/06/12/CCF06112012_00000.pdf

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/clayton-sheriff-criticizes-police-chief-hiring-fir/nPSs3/

.....Riddle Me with this : Why would Porter try to question the actions of the Sheriff, during the heat of a campaign ? ........If you don't already know, then you haven't been keeping up with the antics of this county.

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OscarKnight 2 years, 2 months ago

...Another optional choice for Kimbrough :

.......Maybe Kimbrough can begin the process of changing his name to "Kimbo Obama", for the next Sheriff's Election.

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ClaytonTaxpayer 2 years, 2 months ago

Sheriff, you are absolutely correct. I attended a school board election debate at Greater St. Peter and was quite shocked at who appeared at the event as candidates. One candidate said she would use money raised from students paying anywhere from one dollar to five dollars to wear jeans (instead of their uniforms) to support the district's budget. The district's annual budget is almost half a billion dollars. And she thinks adding $100 dollars or so would help fund a teaching position. Frightening, huh? Another candidate (short, blonde hair) couldn't string two coherent sentences together was voted by her colleagues on the school board to serve as the "legislative liaison." In other words, they allowed her to take her incoherent sentences beyond the county lines, on behalf of the board. Jesse Goree and another candidate (first name Jermaine) saved me from walking out of the debate. We MUST do better, either as candidates or as watchdogs. But then we are all probably asking ourselves, what's the point? Intelligent, articulate candidates are frowned upon in Clayton. So, go on sheriff and raise your beautiful sons and know that some of us appreciate your service. All the best to you and your family!!

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OscarKnight 2 years, 2 months ago

.....Kimbrough is upset by the voters, because he was defeated by a candidate, that was Indicted on 37 counts, Kimbrough only has himself to blame for his defeat; the voters of Clayton County owes nothing to Kimbrough. If I had the choice, neither Hill or Kimbrough would be in our county politics.

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