by Robin Kemp

Qualifying starts at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 17 for candidates running for Forest Park mayor and Ward 1 and Ward 2 council seats.

The qualifying period takes place August 17, 18, and 19 (Tuesday through Thursday of this week) from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. To download forms required to qualify, visit

The election will take place on Tuesday, November 4, 2021. A runoff, if needed, will take place on Tuesday, November 30. The municipal election will be held at the Elaine Corley Recreation Center, 803 Forest Parkway, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The current mayor is Angelyne Butler. Ward 1’s councilperson is Kimberly James, while Ward 2 is represented by Dabouze Antoine.

Qualifying fees are $691.20 for the mayor’s race and $432 for each council seat, payable by cash, personal check, money order, or credit card.

If you need to register to vote in the election, you must do so by October 4. Call the Clayton County Elections and Registration office at the Historic Courthouse, 121 S. McDonough Street, Annex II, Second Floor, Jonesboro or call (770) 477-3372 for details.

The Clayton Crescent will send all candidates who qualify a candidate questionnaire. As a nonprofit newsroom, The Clayton Crescent does not endorse any candidate.

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