City of South Fulton Prepares for Runoff Election

A series of events are planned to help voters cast their ballots with confidence during the early voting period and on April 18, and stay engaged as the city’s incorporation date nears.

With no candidate receiving a majority of the vote in the March 21 election, the City of South Fulton is preparing for a runoff in the mayoral race and city council races across all seven districts. Early voting will take place from April 10–14 and the runoff will be held on April 18. Soon thereafter, newly elected officials will begin working with the governor-appointed transition commission and Fulton County officials and staff to prepare to stand the city up on May 1.

Mandisha Thomas (District 4), Carmalitha Gumbs (District 2) and Willie Davis (District 1) at a full day training on April 1 coordinated by the transition commission. Photo Credit: Helen Z. Willis (District 3)

Prior to the March 21 election, voters were vocal in expressing excitement, frustration and even fatigue, and many of these emotions have been echoed as the runoff nears. Light voter turnout, candidate smear campaigns and ongoing conflicts between groups that supported the new city and those that opposed it are also themes that now dominate conversations both online and offline.

Meanwhile, many are still hopeful that a significant number of the 25,841 constituents that voted yes to the new city in November and the 17,858 that voted no will make their way back to the polls on April 18 to elect their inaugural mayor and city council. A new series of forums and other events are set to take place this week and next to help guide them in their decision-making.

Below is a list of events that will hopefully allow voters to connect with candidates and get their questions answered. Voters are also encouraged to do their own independent research and reach out to candidates directly to determine which individuals are most qualified.

This list will be updated as new information becomes available. Events can be sent to info@cosfobserver.com.

Runoff Forum (Districts 2, 3 and 4)
Tuesday, April 4 from 6:30pm — 8:30pm
Enon Baptist Church, 3550 Enon Road, College Park

The event will feature candidates in Districts 2, 3 and 4 and is sponsored by the Cliftondale Community Club.

City of South Fulton Council Runoff Forum
Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30pm-8:30pm 
World Changers Youth Experience Building, 2500 Burdett Road, College Park

City council candidates from Districts 1, 5, 6 and 7 have been invited. The event is sponsored by the Old National Merchants Association. Click here for more information.

Commissioner Marvin Arrington, Jr.’s Town Hall
Wednesday, April 5 from 6:00pm-8:30pm
South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park

The event will be moderated by Dr. Rashad Richey of WAOK. Kevin Grimes, an accountant currently serving on the governor-appointed transition commission has been invited to provide financial updates. Rep. William Boddie has been invited to provide updates on HB 131 and 141. Other state representatives as well as City of South Fulton candidates have been invited to attend. Click here for more information.

Mayoral Candidate Forum
Thursday, April 6 from 6:30pm — 8:00pm
World Changers Youth Experience Building, 2550 Burdett Road, College Park

The event is sponsored by the Old National Merchants Association. Click here for more information.

Sandtown Association Meeting (New Location)
Thursday, April 6 from 6:30pm-8:00pm
Decision Point Ministries, 5450 Campbellton Rd, SW, Atlanta

The Sandtown Association has moved its monthly meeting to an alternate location for April due to the Sandtown Gym being unavailable during spring break. City of South Fulton candidates have been invited to attend. For more information, visit www.sandtown.org.

City Council District One Forum
Friday, April 7 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
QLS, 4001 Danforth Road SW, Atlanta

The Marion Woods HOA invites residents to participate in an open mic format in order to ask questions directly to the candidates (Willie G. Davis and Catherine Foster Rowell) in a true townhall “face to face” opportunity. Click here for more information.

Mayoral Candidate Forum
Friday, April 7 from 6:30pm-7:30pm
Red Oak, College Park

Details TBA

District 2 Community Clean up and Meet and Greet
Saturday, April 8 from 9:00am — 3:00pm
Butner Road and Tiwanaku Drive

In collaboration with Fulton County’s Amnesty Day, District 2’s Carmalitha Gumbs and other community leaders invite residents to participate in a community clean up day. The clean up event will be followed by a meet and greet with the candidate. Food and drinks will be served. For more info, call 678.466.0084 or click here.

Join the Convo: Chat & Chew with Catherine Foster Rowell
Saturday, April 8 from 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Johnny’z Pizza, 5495 Cascade Road, Atlanta

Catherine Foster Rowell invites residents to take a “seat at the table” to learn more about her platform and 20 years of relevant government experience and share their ideas and concerns for the new city while supporting a local business. Click here for more information. This event will also be held on April 15 at the same place and time.

Commissioner Marvin Arrington, Jr.’s Town Hall
Monday, April 10 from 6:00pm-8:30pm
Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta

The event will be moderated by Dominique Huff (Home Rule News) and Andre Walker (Georgia Unfiltered). City of South Fulton candidates are welcome to attend. Click here for more information.

Mayoral Candidate Forum
Tuesday, April 11 from 7:00pm — 8:30pm
Friendship Community Church, 4141 Old Fairburn Road, Atlanta

Details TBA.

District 2 & 3 Council Forum
Tuesday, April 11 from 7:00m-8:30pm
Cliftondale Church, 4095 Stonewall Tell Rd., College Park

Cliftondale Church’s Social Justice Ministry in collaboration with community members will host the forum. Kevin Grimes of the Governor’s Transition Commission will answer questions and provide financial information about the new city.

Candidate Forum
Tuesday, April 11

The Atlanta/Fulton League of Women Voters will hold a forum with the candidates in the City of South Fulton runoff. Details TBA.

Transition Commission Townhall
Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m.
South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Rd., College Park

The next townhall hosted by the governor-appointed transition commission will take place on April 11. Details TBA. For updates, visit the commission’s website.

Commissioner Marvin Arrington, Jr.’s Town Hall
Saturday, April 15 from 10:00am — 12:30pm
Fulton County South Annex, 5600 Stonewall Tell Rd., College Park

The event will be moderated by Maynard Eaton and Shelly Wynter. City of South Fulton candidates are welcome to attend. Click here for more information.

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