by Robin Kemp

As of the 12 noon cutoff for qualified candidates in the September 21 special election to fill the late Sonna Singleton Gregory’s District 1 seat on the Clayton County Board of Commissioners, here’s who will be running.

All candidates are Democrats and all candidates would be first-timers in the District 1 seat. We have included website information submitted to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office via the Clayton County Elections and Registration Office. Any qualified candidates who would like to add a campaign website link are welcome to send it.

Alieka AndersonEducatorJuly
Jae S. BrownSelf-employedJuly 21
Shegale Crute ThurmondParalegalJuly
Regina DeloachBankingJuly 21
Hackwin DevoeAdministration, Capital Assets ManagementJuly
Debra Dozier-KingAdministrativeJuly 20
Junior JacksonReal Estate AgentJuly
Thomas PoughSecurity SupervisorJuly 19
Alaina ReavesConsultantJuly
Ernest StrozierSheriff’s CaptainJuly 21
Qualified candidates for Clayton County Board of Commissioners District 1 special election Sept. 21, 2021. Should a runoff be necessary, that will take place October 19, 2021.

The Clayton Crescent is compiling candidate surveys. Please note that The Clayton Crescent, for reasons of journalistic ethics and nonprofit governance, does not endorse any candidate or political campaign under any circumstances. Our role is to give you information about each candidate so that you, as a registered voter in Clayton County, can make an informed decision before casting your ballot.

The Clayton County Federation of Democratic Women is holding a candidate forum on Saturday, July 24 at Tabernacle of Praise Church International, 2450 Mt. Zion Parkway in Morrow. The church is between Stilwell School of the Arts and Kaiser Permanente Southwood. Moderating will be Kathy Adams, director of the National Federation of Democratic Women Southern Region.

Important Election Dates

Monday, July 5 through Friday, September 10: Mail-in absentee ballot applications accepted. You must allow for mailing time, so don’t take any chances–mail your application sooner rather than later.

Monday, August 23 through Friday, September 17: Absentee Voting by Mail. Again, get your ballot in the mail sooner rather than later. If it’s getting close to time, consider using an Absentee Ballot Drop Box, which will ONLY be available during the hours that the polls are open for in-person voting, due to the new statewide voting law, SB202. Plan accordingly.

Monday, August 30 through Friday, September 17: Absentee Voting by Drop Box will be open ONLY while polls are open for in-person voting, due to the new statewide voting law, SB202. Plan accordingly.

Monday, August 30 through Friday, September 17: In-Person Early Voting will take place for District 1 voters ONLY at the following locations:

  • Historic Courthouse, 121 South McDonough Street, Annex II, Second Floor, Jonesboro
  • Morrow City Hall, 1500 Morrow Road, Morrow
  • Carl Rhodenizer Recreation Center, 3499 Rex Road, Rex
  • City of Forest Park Senior Center, 5087 Park Avenue, Forest Park (NOT at the gymnasium–the Senior Center is the one-story building near, but not next to, to the stadium)

When will the polls be open?

  • Monday, August 30, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 31, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 1, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 2, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Friday, September 3, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 7, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 8, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 9, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Friday, September 10, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 12, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • Monday, September 13, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 14, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 15, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 16, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Friday, September 17, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

You can print out this page and share it with people who are less tech-savvy or if you need a reminder to put on your refrigerator door.

If a runoff is necessary, that will happen on October 19.

Need more info?

For more information or if you have questions about voting in this election, contact the Elections and Registration Office at (770) 477-3372 or (for military and UOCAVA e-mail, contact The fax number is (770) 477-4521.

You can look up your voter registration information online–or you can register to vote–online at the State of Georgia’s My Voter Page at

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