JONESBORO — Clayton County voters will have their hands full when they go to the polls to chose their elected leaders in the May 20 primary.
All but one of the local races for county commission and school board will be contested in the Democratic primary. Commissioner Sonna Singleton will face four challengers in the primary and an independent candidate in the November general election. Commissioner Michael Edmondson, meanwhile, will face two challengers.
School board Chairwoman Pam Adamson, Vice-Chairwoman Alieka Anderson and board member Michael King each have one Democratic challenger. Board member Charlton Bivins is the only local official — in a partisan seat — who will coast to re-election without a challenger.
State Court Judge Michael Garrett will face Betrick Donald Scott in a non-partisan judicial race. the other judges up for re-election this year, including State Court Judge John C. Carbo and Superior Court Judges Geronda Carter and Albert Collier will run unopposed.
Several members of the Clayton County Legislative Delegation will face opposition in May, but the biggest surprise may be that former state Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam will run against District 74 Rep. Valencia Stovall (D-Ellenwood).
Abdul-Salaam introduced Stovall to the public and practically endorsed her two years ago when the ex-legislator announced plans to run for county commission chairman. Former state Rep. Yasmin Neal, who lost her re-election bid in District 75 two years ago, is also running against Stovall.
State Sens. Valencia Seay and Gail Davenport will also face Democratic opposition.
The full list of candidates who qualified for local and state officies includes:
Clayton County Board of Commissioners
Democrat — Sonna Singleton (incumbent)
Independent — Walter Nix Sr.
Democrat — Michael Edmondson (incumbent)
Clayton County Board of Education
Democrat — Pamela Adamson (incumbent)
Democrat — Michael King (incumbent)
Democrat — Alieka Anderson (incumbent)
Democrat — Charlton Bivins (incumbent)
Clayton County Superior Court (seat held by Geronda Carter)
Geronda Carter (incumbent)
Clayton County Superior Court (seat held by Albert Collier)
Albert Collier (incumbent)
Clayton County State Court (seat held by John C. Carbo)
John C. Carbo (incumbent)
Clayton County State Court (seat held by Michael T. Garrett)
Michael T. Garrett
Betrick Donald Scott
Democrat — Keisha Waites (incumbent)
Democrat — Ronnie Mabra (incumbent)
Democrat — Valencia Stovall (incumbent)
Democrat — Mike Glanton (incumbent)
Democrat — Sandra Scott (incumbent)
Democrat — Darryl Jordan (incumbent)
Democrat — Demetrius Douglas (incumbent)
Republican — Christopher Deraney
Democrat — Valencia Seay (incumbent)
Sherry T. Mallory
Democrat — Gail Davenport (incumbent)
Democrat — John Lewis (incumbent)
Democrat — David Scott (incumbent)
Republican — Nathan Deal (incumbent)
Democrat — Jason Carter
Republican — Casey Cagle (incumbent)
Democrat — Connie Stokes
Republican — Sam Olens (incumbent)
Democrat — Greg Hecht
Secretary of State
Republican — Brian Kemp (incumbent)
Democrat — Gerald Beckum
State School Superintendent
Republican — Allen Fort
Mary Kay Bacallao
Democrat — Alisha Thomas Morgan
Marion Spencer “Denise” Freeman
U.S. Senator (to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss)
Republican — Arthur Gardner
Democrat — Branko Radulovacki