Who Are We?
FCT is a coalition of several groups and individuals whose primary goal is to bring public transportation, buses and commuter rail to Clayton County, GA
Friends of Clayton Transit (C-Tran) is an initiative organized in 2010 by State Rep. Roberta Abdul-Salaam, State Rep. Darryl Jordan and community partners such as the ARC, Citizens for Progressive Transit, Clayton County Assoc. of Christian Ministers, Georgia Stand-Up and the Sierra Club.
In November 2010, almost 70% of Clayton County citizens voted to approve legislation that would provide $49 million dollars per year for MARTA to provide public transit. Unfortunately, the Clayton Commission refused to place a binding referendum on the ballot.
More than 90% of C-Tran riders said they would support a one cents sales tax for transit.
It is clear that most of our citizens do not understand what happened to C-Tran or why the buses were stopped. A binding referendum is the only tool we have available to us to bring public transit back to the county. Citizens must appeal to the Clayton County Commissioners who have voted consistently against public transit. The Commission must act by July 4, 2014 to place a binding referendum on the November 2, 2014 ballot.
It is incumbent upon us to make sure that an informed electorate goes to the polls and votes YES on the one cent sales tax binding referendum when it is placed on the ballot..
Attend the Clayton County Commission meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at 121 Smith St. - Jonesboro, GA 30236
SPEAK UP! SPEAK OUT! BE HEARD!
Meet the Team
Here's a little background on the people who helped make Friends of Clayton Transit who we are today. Without a great, strong-minded team we wouldn't be as successful in making Transit Matter!
Founder & CEO
A native Georgian, Roberta was appointed to the Clayton County Board of Elections in July 2003 and was elected as the first Chair of the Board. Roberta was elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 2004 and represented over 42,000 voters in House District 74 which includes portions of North Clayton County and North Fayette County. Dr. Abdul-Salaam worked as a staff member and consultant for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the national organization founded by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She has long worked to educate and empower Georgia’s voters. Roberta recruited and managed over 75 volunteers and she is credited with registering over 50,000 Georgia voters including 2000 high school seniors in metro-Atlanta public schools.
A staunch advocate for our youth, Rep. Abdul-Salaam founded the Clayton Village Anti-Violence Task Force, an organization to curtail youth violence and teach conflict resolution. In the legislature she served as Chair of the Clayton County Legislative Delegation; Secretary of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, Secretary of the Fayette County Legislative Delegation and State Director of the Women Legislators’ Lobby, (a national political organization).
Darryl W. Jordan was born in Macon, Georgia, the middle child of five. A graduate of Southwest High School in Macon, Georgia and served as Vice President of his senior class and Drum Major of the school’s marching band. Darryl was awarded his bachelor’s degree from Mercer in 1976, and began a career in teaching with the Henry County school systems, where he has retired after teaching for 31 years. In November 2000, Darryl Jordan was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. He currently serves on the Banks and Banking, Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight, Motor Vehicles, and Transportation committees, and previously served as Vice Chairman of the Regulated Industries Committee.
Rica Clark Wright was born in the small southern town of Clarksdale Mississippi. She was an academic scholar and track athlete throughout her primary education, graduating from Clarksdale High School in 1982 with academic honors. Rica continued her secondary education at Mississippi Valley State University alongside National Football League Hall of Famer, Jerry Rice. Rica again distinguished herself, graduating with honors with a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. She began her career as a Correctional Officer in 1989. As bigger challenges heeded in 1991 when she moved to the metro Atlanta area and took up employment with the Georgia Department of Correction, she rose to the rank of lieutenant in the shortest possible time and continued excel until departing for different law enforcement experiences in 1998. After taking a position with the South Fulton Regional jail Rica parleyed her experience into a position as Deputy Warden/Chief of Security with the Federal Penitentiary in Tutwiler Mississippi in 2001.
Rica finally returned home to Georgia where she became the first female to hold the rank of Major with the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office in 2009. Rica embarked on a career in law enforcement which lead her to become lead instructor at Brown Mackie College in Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies. She has also obtained a MBA from Strayer University.
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