Stonecrest Councilman Jimmy Clanton headed for runoff, issues letter to District 1 voters

November 3, 20214min13001




STONECREST, GA—Stonecrest Councilman Jimmy Clanton will face challenger Tara Graves in a runoff for the District 1 seat on Nov. 30.

Graves, who is seeking public office for the first time, led Tuesday’s race with 41.94 % (325 votes). Clanton trailed with 37.68% (292 votes), according to unofficial preliminary results released by DeKalb County elections officials. Because neither received more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff will be held to determine the winner.

Clanton, who is seeking a second term in office, was one of three incumbents who faced challengers for their City Council seats. Both council members, Tammy Grimes and Jazzmin Cobble, were overwhelmingly re-elected with more than 60 percent of the vote, for Districts 5 and 3 respectively.

Clanton issued the following statement today(Nov. 3):

To The Citizens of Stonecrest,

I want to express my sincerest gratitude to all of you that exercised your right to vote in this current election.  I especially thank the citizens of District 1 that have supported my campaign and turned out to vote for me. As you are probably aware, I did not receive the percentage of the vote needed to secure a win, so I will need you to turn out and vote for me again in a runoff election on November 30, 2021.

Throughout my life, I have worked as a public servant, in my career with the State of Georgia to becoming the President of the Stonecrest Community Civic Association before my role in the city council. My motivation has always been and still is to build a better, more efficient quality of life for the people of this state, my community, and this great city.

Unfortunately, within the last year, Stonecrest has been through challenging times. I have remained silent regarding the series of events because I have always been a person of integrity and felt my character and the truth would prevail in due time. I now realize many of you have wanted to hear from me directly regarding my perceived involvement in misconduct within the city. I will start to address those misconceptions directly in the upcoming days.

I will also share my voting records and accomplishments to show all the ways I have worked towards advancing this community. I am not in public service to advance the will of the current leadership, special interest, or the powers that be in any form.  I have always been a representative for you, the community, and if you give me the honor, I will continue to be that voice for you.  I join you in the desire of moving past the events of yesterday, to envision and create a better Stonecrest for all of us today.




Jimmy Clanton, Jr.

City Councilman, District 1

One comment

  • S

    November 5, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Councilman Clanton’s campaign reminds me a little of what happened to former Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe bid..taking their voters for granted end up/ potentially costed them their seats.

    The problem with some politicians are that they think that their voters are so blind that they’ll basically accept any bad thing from their leaders and lastly,as an African American woman, Virginia’s former Governor thought that what
    worked in his past work in 2021. The constant ignoring of our rights/ concerns has been taken for granted for years. I guess he thought that it would be a shoo in from African Americans.

    Though one campaign is about putting in a new Governor and the other is a local city councilman,it doesn’t matter what political office people are in,if they won’t do right with the people, expect for them to return the favor by doing the same with them.

    Silence is Golden in Movie theatres ( AMC),but when it comes to helping the people of your community,it’s not. When one gets a prosperous position,it’s not meant for them to keep to themselves,it’s meant for them to help their people to grow. Otherwise ,it will be taken from them. That was what vmy mom would tell me.

    I’m praying that Mrs.Graves will win her position but in case she’s don’t,I hope that it would be a teachable moment for Councilman Clanton. To be silent about vulgar comments from the Mayor or letting in developments that can cause environmental problem to their city/ people is concerning…and dangerous.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

About us

On Common Ground News is published daily by On Common Ground, Inc (OCGNEWS.COM). The newspaper serves DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale and Metro Atlanta.

The opinions expressed by writers and contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher or the newspaper’s advertisers.

No portion of this newspaper may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of the publisher.

We reserve the right to reject material and advertisements we deem inappropriate.

On Common Ground News
P.O. Box 904
Lithonia, GA 30058

(770) 679-5607

Latest News

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: On Common Ground News, 1240 Sigman Road, Conyers, GA, 30012, You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact