Reasons to Elect New Leadership for District 4 Commissioner and Vote against Stan Watson

Reasons to Elect New Leadership for District 4 Commissioner and Vote against Stan Watson
by Viola Davis

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Anybody But Sharon Barnes Sutton
When in Doubt…Vote “Incumbents” Out!

Why?

12 Reasons to Vote Against Sharon Barnes Sutton

• Sharon Barnes Sutton, her two sons and two of her staff members received free YMCA memberships for years, including during a time when Sutton voted for a deal between the county and the YMCA according to Channel 2 Action News. The money exceeds $20,000.

• William Perry of Georgia Ethics Watchdogs said the arrangement between Sutton and the YMCA was a “clear violation” of conflict of interest in DeKalb’s Code of Ethics.

• Sharon Barnes Sutton paid her boyfriend, Warren Mosby who is now running for the 6th District Commissioner, more than $34,000 in consulting fees financed by DeKalb County taxpayers in a report dated 2015.

• Sharon Barnes Sutton and her aide, Judy Brownlee, spent more than $75,583 on their purchasing cards since 2011 to include a $130 traffic ticket.

• Sharon Barnes Sutton has a history of not answering Open Records Request in the years dated 2014-2016. The request had to be forwarded to the Georgia Attorney General’s office, Sam Olens.

• Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton’s trail of apparent financial mismanagement goes back nearly 20 years and includes bad checks, late taxes (such as property taxes), and garnishments. This is the second time in a year a court ordered that DeKalb County garnish the commissioner’s salary.

• In the fight for the District 4 Commission seat, incumbent Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton has not attended any of the forums hosted by civic associations and other groups, and in the District 6 Commission race, Warren Mosby, who is challenging incumbent Commissioner Kathie Gannon, has not attended any forums as published in CrossroadsNews.

• The mayors of Stone Mountain, Avondale Estates and the former mayor of Clarkston say Sharon Barnes Sutton doesn’t return calls. Former Clarkston Mayor Emanuel Ransom, who was defeated in the 2013 elections, told Dan Whisenhunt with Decaturish.com that “She’s (Barnes Sutton) one of the worst commissioners we’ve ever had in the fourth district”. (January 2014)

• Sharon Barnes Sutton retaliated against private citizens that volunteered for the 4th District Community Council. She removed members despite the fact that over six vacancies existed on the community council.

• Sharon Barnes Sutton retaliated against a county employee who refused to lie about the fact that she worked on Barnes Sutton’s fundraiser during county work hours. After signing a memorandum restricting county employees from working on elected officials’ fundraisers, Erica Williams experienced a hostile work environment and harassment when she would not help with the cover-up.

• Sutton filed a lawsuit against the Board of Ethics proclaiming the board was unconstitutional. She questioned the authority of the board to sit in judgment of officials’ behavior, arguing that it undermines the fundamental due process rights.” Viola Davis with Unhappy Taxpayer and Voter said, “Despite DeKalb voters approving the new ethics law by 92 percent back in November 2015, Sharon Barnes Sutton delayed the ethics board hearings which ultimately denied the public justice.”

• Sutton often complained of complaints being political. However Sutton denied that the special treatment she received from DeKalb County School System that permitted her to be late 24 times and out 46 times in a 3 month period during 2009 and late 78 times and out 100 times in a 9 month period in 2010 had nothing to do with her being an elected official.

View the entire list of reasons at: http://www.voteincumbentsout.org/anybody-but-sharon-barnes-sutton-why/; http://www.voteincumbentsout.org/anybody-but-sharon-barnes-sutton-why/

Update: New news and video on Channel 46 CBS by Adam Murphy titled, “Candidate Mails Controversial Flyer in DeKalb County Days Before Election”…

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Anybody But Stan Watson

Why?

When in Doubt…Vote “Incumbents” Out

9 Reasons to Vote Against Stan Watson

• 30 Producers with Comcast allege that Stan Watson worked in collusion with another Comcast worker to cheat them out of money paid to place their program on Public Access Television.
• Researchers discovered over $5,000,000 (5 million dollars) in Comcast payments to DeKalb County using a state law co-sponsored by Stan Watson that removed Public Access Television. Where did the money go?
• Stan Watson secured programming for his “private show called The Stan Watson Show” while “locking out” other producers (majority black producers) at Comcast. Watson looks after “self” first!
• Stan Watson was found guilty of ethics violations because he had a conflict of interest when he voted twice to give his employer a county contract.
• Ethics complaints allege Stan Watson violated Georgia campaign fundraising laws when he used more than $90,000 from the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce accounts.
• A jury ruled against Stan Watson and stated he must pay a $150,000 verdict resulting from Watson falsely accusing two women of stealing his wallet. The dispute led to one woman being handcuffed for an hour.

View the entire list of reasons at: http://www.voteincumbentsout.org/anybody-but-stan-watson-why/; http://www.voteincumbentsout.org/anybody-but-stan-watson-why/

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I want to go on record as endorsing Lance Hammonds for County Commissioner for District 4. In my years (over 15 years) of working as a government watchdog and with statewide government watchdogs, I have found Lance Hammonds to be trustworthy, ethical, community-oriented, a change agent and an independent spirit. If you want to see honest people in government, join me in supporting Lance Hammonds for the 4th District Commissioner.

Viola Davis – Co-Founder of Unhappy Taxpayer & Voter – agreed to write the endorsement for voters that support Lance Hammonds.

Joel Edwards with Restore DeKalb agreed to speak for supporters of Steve Bradshaw.

We have two excellent candidates that will serve Commission District 4 and help restore public trust. Our community deserves representation with honesty, ethics, integrity and respect for taxpayers and voters.

CONTACT:

For more information, comments and/or questions: Dr. Curtis Thrasher Phone: 404-284-9984 or Viola Davis Phone: 770-256-0034; View the reasons to elect anybody but Sharon Barnes Sutton and Stan Watson at http://anybodybut.org; http://anybodybut.org, (reasons, articles and video) Email: anybodybutstan@gmail.com or anybodybutsharon@gmail.com

Dr. Curtis Thrasher leads a coalition of citizens to move DeKalb County in a new direction with new leadership. Dr. Thrasher has identified two elected officials that need to be removed from office in order for DeKalb County to recover from the cloud of corruption and restore public trust.

We have submitted documents to the Board of Commissioners that show missing money from franchise fee and peg fees with Public Access Television and over $70 million dollars missing from Public Works/Watershed. Ask your Commissioners for copies under the Open Records Request and demand an audit (forensic audit) of these departments. Sharon Barnes Sutton and Stan Watson were on the Public Works Committee 5 of the 7 years the committee existed. Jeff Rader and Kathie Gannon were on the committee 3 of the 7 years. Lee May and Elaine Boyer were on the committee 2 of the 7 years. Nancy Jester was on the committee less than 1 of the 7 years.

TAXPAYERS & VOTERS ARE THE “EMPLOYERS”
Our Vote – Hire and Fire Elected Officials
Our Tax Money – Pay Elected Officials Salaries and provide Money for Budgets
These two facts define us as “Employers” of the elected officials

NEW LEADERSHIP, NEW VISION, NEW DIRECTION
DeKalb County needs to elect new leadership with the courage to move our county in a new direction. DeKalb County needs a new vision.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS QUOTES:

Frederick Douglass/Quotes If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

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