by Robin Kemp
Riverdale has City Council elections in two wards this morning: Ward 1, where Councilwoman Mary Granison is running unopposed, and Ward 3, where incumbent Wanda Wallace faces challengers Claude Tate and Iris Jessie.
As in other races, the incumbents did not return The Clayton Crescent’s candidate survey, but the challengers did.
Mary Granison is running unopposed in Riverdale’s Ward 1. Although she is the incumbent, she is the newest member of the City Council. The council appointed her in May to replace Cynthia Stamps-Jones after Jones quit during an ethics hearing Stamps-Jones called “bogus” and politically motivated by Ward 4 Councilman Kenny Ruffin. Granison handles software for Truist Bank and runs two other IT companies. She’s also a former Jet Beauty of the Week.
Wanda Wallace has served four terms as Ward 3 councilwoman and is closely allied with Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon.
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Claude Tate, a retired software engineer who has lived in Riverdale for 27 years, is running as a reform candidate in Ward 3. He’s calling for greater accountability from Riverdale city government. Tate recorded a campaign video that decries the state of Ga. Hwy. 138. He also complained on Facebook Oct. 30 that he saw “our Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon driving Council Woman Wonda [sic] Wallace around while she unlawfully tapes flyers to mail boxes.” Tate completed a partisan survey by the Clayton County Democratic Party as well as The Clayton County’s nonpartisan survey.
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Iris Jessie, who has lived in Riverdale for 17 years, is running in Ward 3. Jessie has served as Riverdale City Manager and is East Point’s human resources director. She accuses Wallace of doing “nothing” for several years and is endorsed by retired Riverdale Police Chief Pat Patterson, retired Riverdale Fire Chief Nish Willis, retired JTPA Youth Summer Program Coordinator Beverly Combs, and retired East Point Sanitation Director Charles Moore. Jessie filled out a partisan survey by the Clayton County Democratic Party as well as The Clayton County’s nonpartisan survey.