Election Day 2021 is quickly approaching for city elections! Election Day will be on November 2 this year. On the ballot will be council positions in all four local cities as well as three mayors.

Voters in Hampton, McDonough and Stockbridge must elect their mayor. Two of the cities will be electing a new mayor in open races. In addition, every city has at least one at-large council position on the ballot. All council positions are at-large in Hampton, Locust Grove and Stockbridge. An at-large seat is elected by the entire city. McDonough has four district seats in addition to two at-large seats.

Generally, half of the city council appears on the ballot now. The other seats last appeared in 2019 and will next be on the ballot in 2023.

Candidate qualifying occurred during the week of August 16–20. Individuals listed below have qualified to seek office. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. Incumbents are marked by an asterisk*. Incumbent council members running for mayor are marked by a pound sign#.

Hampton

Hampton voters have their mayor election and three council seats. Mayor Steve Hutchison is not seeking re-election following two terms in office. He also served five years on the council before being elected mayor. This creates an open mayor’s race within the city.

Mayor

Choose one (1):

  • Stephanie Bodie#
  • Ann Tarpley

City Council

Choose three (3):

  • Sheila L. Barlow 
  • Shawn Black 
  • Devlin Cleveland 
  • Pamela Duchesne 
  • Yaunte R. Dvine
  • Errol Mitchell*
  • Willie Turner*

Locust Grove

Three council seats are on the ballot in Locust Grove. The seat held by Vincent Williams re-appears after a special election earlier this year. Locust Grove Mayor Robert Price was last re-elected in 2019 and will not be on this year’s ballot.

City Council

Choose three (3):

  • Keith Boone*
  • Willie Taylor*
  • Vincent Williams*

McDonough

McDonough Mayor Billy Copeland has decided to retire following more than thirty-five years of service. First elected mayor in the 1970s, he has served since then except for two terms. Mayor Richard Craig led the city during 1998–2005. In November, McDonough residents will elect only their third mayor in the past forty years.

Mayor

Choose one (1):

  • Tony Brown
  • Craig Elrod#
  • Sandra Vincent#

City Council

McDonough is the only city in the county to use districts. This year’s ballot includes one of two at-large seats, presently held by Roger Pruitt. It also has districts one and two. Furthermore, because Craig Elrod is running for mayor, he must resign from the district three seat. His term would otherwise extend through 2023. A special election will occur in either November or next March for the seat; more info will follow on this position.

Based on state law, Councilwoman Vincent may remain on the council while running for mayor. Her term ends December 31 when the new mayor will take office.

At-Large Seat

Choose one (1):

  • Darryl Payton
  • Arlene Persaud
  • Roger Pruitt*
  • Vanessa Thomas
District 1 Seat

Choose one (1):

  • Toneen Brown
  • Rufus L. Stewart*
District 2 Seat

Choose one (1):

  • Jamal L. Burt
District 3 Seat (special election)
  • More info to follow.

Stockbridge

Voters in Stockbridge have their mayor’s election as well as two council positions. All Stockbridge positions are at-large.

Mayor

Choose one (1):

  • Anthony Ford*
  • Bruce Smith

City Council

Choose two (2):

  • LaKeisha Gantt*
  • Antonio Harris
  • Derek Mouzon
  • Ezekiel Pettway
  • Alphonso Thomas*
  • Shirley Wallace

Featured image shows Georgia “I voted” stickers in 2020. Photo credit Atlanta Journal Constitution / Ben Gray.

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