Today, Friday, January 27, 2023, is the last day for candidates to qualify for the sheriff’s race in the March 21 special election. Candidates have until 12 p.m. today to qualify. The fee is $4,317.99.

As of press time, four candidates have qualified for the race:

Qualified candidates for Clayton County Sheriff (L-R): Chris Storey, Dwayne Fabian, Levon Allen, Clarence Cox. Qualifying ends at 12 noon today, Jan. 27, 2023.

Here is the affidavit that each candidate must file, along with supporting paperwork:

And here is the Notice of Candidacy that each candidate also must file:

The sheriff is a “constitutional officer,” meaning that state law provides for that position and describes the duties of the officeholder.

Candidates should be aware that they will need to go to 1285 Government Circle (near Clayton County Police Headquarters) to turn in their paperwork, as repairs continue at the Office of Elections and Registration at the Historic Courthouse.

Jan. 31 Candidate Forum

Voters will be able to attend a candidate forum on Tuesday, January 31 at 7 p.m. The event will be held at Tabernacle of Praise Church International, 7086 Tara Blvd. in Jonesboro and is cosponsored by the Clayton County Democratic Party, the Clayton County GA Republican Party, the Clayton County Federation of Democratic Women, NAACP Youth Council, Young Democrats of Clayton County, and Teens 4 Justice.

Read what Georgia law says about the office of sheriff:

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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